## 10.4 Ranking Functions

The ranking functions compute the ordinal rank of a row within the window partition.

These functions can be used with or without partioning and ordering. However, using them without ordering almost never makes sense.

The ranking functions can be used to create different type of incremental counters. Consider `SUM(1) OVER (ORDER BY SALARY)` as an example of what they can do, each of them in a different way. Following is an example query, also comparing with the `SUM` behavior.

````select`
`    id,`
`    salary,`
`    dense_rank() over (order by salary),`
`    rank() over (order by salary),`
`    row_number() over (order by salary),`
`    sum(1) over (order by salary)`
`  from employee`
`  order by salary;`
```

Results

````id  salary  dense_rank  rank  row_number  sum`
`--  ------  ----------  ----  ----------  ---`
`3     8.00           1     1           1    1`
`4     9.00           2     2           2    2`
`1    10.00           3     3           3    4`
`5    10.00           3     3           4    4`
`2    12.00           4     5           5    5`
```

The difference between `DENSE_RANK` and `RANK` is that there is a gap related to duplicate rows (relative to the window ordering) only in `RANK`. `DENSE_RANK` continues assigning sequential numbers after the duplicate salary. On the other hand, `ROW_NUMBER` always assigns sequential numbers, even when there are duplicate values.

### 10.4.1 `DENSE_RANK`

Available inDSQL, PSQL

Result type`BIGINT`

Syntax

````DENSE_RANK () OVER <window-specification>`
```

Returns the rank of rows in a partition of a result set without ranking gaps. Rows with the same window-order values get the same rank within the partition window-partition, if specified. The dense rank of a row is equal to the number of different rank values in the partition preceding the current row, plus one.

#### 10.4.1.1 `DENSE_RANK` Examples

````select`
`  id,`
`  salary,`
`  dense_rank() over (order by salary)`
`from employee`
`order by salary;`
```

Result

````id salary dense_rank`
`- ------ -----------`
`3   8.00           1`
`4   9.00           2`
`1  10.00           3`
`5  10.00           3`
`2  12.00           4`
```

### 10.4.2 `RANK`

Available inDSQL, PSQL

Result type`BIGINT`

Syntax

````RANK () OVER <window-specification>`
```

Returns the rank of each row in a partition of the result set. Rows with the same values of window-order get the same rank with in the partition _window-partition, if specified. The rank of a row is equal to the number of rank values in the partition preceding the current row, plus one.

#### 10.4.2.1 `RANK` Examples

````select`
`  id,`
`  salary,`
`  rank() over (order by salary)`
`from employee`
`order by salary;`
```

Result

````id salary rank`
`- ------ -----`
`3   8.00     1`
`4   9.00     2`
`1  10.00     3`
`5  10.00     3`
`2  12.00     5`
```

### 10.4.3 `ROW_NUMBER`

Available inDSQL, PSQL

Result type`BIGINT`

Syntax

````ROW_NUMBER () OVER <window-specification>`
```

Returns the sequential row number in the partition of the result set, where `1` is the first row in each of the partitions.

#### 10.4.3.1 `ROW_NUMBER` Examples

````select`
`  id,`
`  salary,`
`  row_number() over (order by salary)`
`from employee`
`order by salary;`
```

Result

````id salary rank`
`- ------ -----`
`3   8.00     1`
`4   9.00     2`
`1  10.00     3`
`5  10.00     4`
`2  12.00     5`
```