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I used this query to extract all village names with lat lon coords:

SELECT name, st_astext(st_transform(way, 4326)) FROM planet_osm_point WHERE place='village' ORDER BY name;


Abertamy | POINT(12.8182600982157 50.3687442948073)
Adamov   | POINT(15.4089128978551 49.8578161948231)
Adamov   | POINT(14.5395935979761 49.0005116948522)
Adamov   | POINT(15.9781534977758 50.5416186948022)
Adolfov  | POINT(13.9049393980644 50.7353921947967)

As you can see name Adamov listed 3 times. How to get all village names with lat lon coords without duplicate village names? Even if lat lon of the same village name are significantly different

asked 27 Sep '21, 14:59

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Do you mean that where several different villages have the same name, you only want to extract one of them? But then which lat/lon do you want to extract?

(27 Sep '21, 15:38) alan_gr

I need the first available coordinates, just ignore the others. Like for Adamov will be used only first point from my "Example"

(27 Sep '21, 15:44) akulin

I guess it shoud be something with DISTINCT(name)

(27 Sep '21, 16:55) akulin

I'm not familiar with PostgreSQL and PostGIS specifics but in general SQL you could do that with an aggregate function. Something like this:

SELECT name, FIRST(st_astext(st_transform(way, 4326))) AS unique_coord
FROM planet_osm_point 
WHERE place='village'
GROUP BY name 
ORDER BY name;

FIRST() is not available in all dialects. MIN() might do the trick if you only look at one column.

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answered 28 Sep '21, 09:04

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Agreed this is a standard SQL problem, solvable using Window functions. The Postgres reference is here https://www.postgresql.org/docs/9.1/functions-window.html

(28 Sep '21, 09:43) SK53 ♦

Works ok with MIN()

(28 Sep '21, 10:32) akulin
SELECT DISTINCT ON (name) name, st_astext(st_transform(way, 4326)) FROM planet_osm_point WHERE place='village' ORDER BY name;
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answered 27 Sep '21, 17:01

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I doubt that works since the coordinates are not DISTINCT and as such the query would still return all lines. But maybe DISTINCT is handled differently in PostgreSQL/PostGIS than in other SQL dialects.

(28 Sep '21, 09:06) TZorn

@TZorn I believe it is DISTINCT ON (name) that makes this different from a standard SQL DISTINCT query.

(28 Sep '21, 09:34) alan_gr
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