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    DanCorb is offline Registered User
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    Help with displaying random records in MySQL

    I have the following table:
    ID Job Category
    1 Clerk Admin
    2 Secretary Admin
    3 Reception Admin
    4 Typist Admin

    Now, I want to display 5 jobs within the Admin Category, but I want them pulled randomly from the database. ORDER BY RAND won't work because there are only 4 records. I need to display 5 records as it doesn't matter if the same record is displayed more than once. How do I do this?

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    so, this is my test table like yours
    create table #T
    id int,
    Job varchar(50),
    Category varchar(50)
    I inserted your test data

    insert into #T
    select 1,'Clerk','Admin'
    2,	'Secretary' 	,'Admin'
    select 3, 	'Reception' 	,'Admin'
    select 4, 	'Typist' 	,'Admin'
    this is a final code for get random 5 records
    select top 5 t.* from
    (select *, FLOOR(RAND() * 1000000) as row from #T 
    union all
    select *, FLOOR(RAND() * 1000000) as row from #T) t
    order by row
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