Indicates whether a specified column expression in a GROUP BY list is aggregated or not. GROUPING returns 1 for aggregated or 0 for not aggregated in the result set. GROUPING can be used only in the SELECT <select> list, HAVING, and ORDER BY clauses when GROUP BY is specified.

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GROUPING ( <column_expression> )


Is a column or an expression that contains a column in a GROUP BY clause.

GROUPING is used to distinguish the null values that are returned by ROLLUP, CUBE or GROUPING SETS from standard null values. The NULL returned as the result of a ROLLUP, CUBE or GROUPING SETS operation is a special use of NULL. This acts as a column placeholder in the result set and means all.

The following example groups SalesQuota and aggregates SaleYTD amounts. The GROUPING function is applied to the SalesQuota column.

USE AdventureWorks2008R2;
SELECT SalesQuota, SUM(SalesYTD) 'TotalSalesYTD', GROUPING(SalesQuota) AS 'Grouping'
FROM Sales.SalesPerson

The result set shows two null values under SalesQuota. The first NULL represents the group of null values from this column in the table. The second NULL is in the summary row added by the ROLLUP operation. The summary row shows the TotalSalesYTD amounts for all SalesQuota groups and is indicated by 1 in the Grouping column.

Here is the result set.

SalesQuota TotalSalesYTD Grouping

--------- ------------- --------

NULL 1533087.5999 0

250000.00 33461260.59 0

300000.00 9299677.9445 0

NULL 44294026.1344 1

(4 row(s) affected)