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From Robin Verlangen <>
Subject Re: collecting lists in non-natural order / SORT BY on columns which are not part of the final result set
Date Sat, 13 Jun 2015 14:52:26 GMT
Hi Michael,

You can try using a with statement, pseudo:

WITH input AS (SELECT colA, colB FROM table ORDER BY colA ASC)
SELECT colB FROM input

Best regards,

Robin Verlangen
*Chief Data Architect*


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On Sat, Jun 13, 2015 at 3:50 PM, Michael Häusler <> wrote:

> Hi there,
> imagine you have a table of time-series transactions, e.g.:
>     foobar (actor BIGINT, ts BIGINT, action STRING);
> containing the rows:
> 1       2000    bar
> 1       1000    foo
> 2       1500    foo
> An interesting query would be to get a denormalized view on all actions of
> an actor sorted by timestamp:
> 1       [foo, bar]
> 2       [foo]
> This would require collecting the actions in a list in non-natural order.
> A naive query would look like this:
> SET = false;
>     actor,
>     COLLECT_LIST(action) AS actions
>     foobar
>     actor
>     actor, ts;
> Unfortunately, as the column "ts" is not in the final result set, this
> produces a SemanticException [Error 10004]: Line 9:11 Invalid table alias
> or column reference 'ts'.
> I do understand that it is difficult to allow a global ORDER BY on column
> that is not in the result set.
> But the SORT BY only needs to ensure order within the reduce group. Is
> there a way to get this behaviour in Hive?
> Best regards
> Michael

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