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To understand how the integer series generator described in the CUBE Method tutorial works we
will start with a simple query, transform it into a query that uses CUBE the traditional way, and
then turn it into an integer series generator for the values 1 to 4. (Read the Oracle manual page on
the CUBE grouping operation first if you are not already familiar with this feature.)

set null "(null)"

select *
from t2 ;

C1 C2 C3
------ ------ ----------
x y 42

select c1, c2, sum( c3 ) as sum_c3
from t2
GROUP BY C1, C2 ;

C1 C2 SUM_C3
------ ------ ----------
x y 42

select c1, c2, sum( c3 ) as sum_c3
from t2
group by CUBE( c1, c2 );

C1 C2 SUM_C3
------ ------ ----------
(null) (null) 42
(null) y 42
x (null) 42
x y 42

select c1, c2, 1 AS ANY_LITERAL
from t2
group by cube( c1, c2 );

C1 C2 ANY_LITERAL
------ ------ -----------
(null) (null) 1
(null) y 1
x (null) 1
x y 1

SELECT 1
from t2
group by cube ( c1, c2 ) ;

1
----------
1
1
1
1

select 1
from t2
group by CUBE ( 1, 2 ) -- see Note 1
;

1
----------
1
1
1
1

select

ROWNUM AS INTEGER_VALUE

from
( select 1
from t2
group by cube ( 1, 2 )

);

INTEGER_VALUE
-------------
1
2
3
4

select

rownum as integer_value

from
(

select 1
from t2
group by cube ( 1, 2 )

)
where

ROWNUM <= 3 ;

INTEGER_VALUE
-------------
1
2
3

Note 1: In this technique it does not matter what literals you use in the arguments to CUBE. You
could use arguments like 1, 1 or 'a','b' and still get the same number of rows. The important
part is how many literals you include.

Two literals will give you four rows (2^2), three literals will give you eight rows (2^3), four literals
will give you sixteen rows (2^4), etc. I like to use arguments like 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 because it is

easier to tell there are 7 arguments (which produce 2^7 rows) with this approach than with an
argument list like 1,1,1,1,1,1,1.

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