I have a table with below structure:

create table DOC_AMOUNT_DETAIL
  col_id         NUMBER,
  amount         NUMBER,
  operation_date DATE      

some example data for this table is :

col_id    |  amount   |  operation_date 
  1       |  5000     |  11/1/2020  
  2       |  1000     |  11/1/2020 
  3       |  3000     |  11/1/2020     
  1       |  1000     |  11/14/2020
  2       |   500     |  11/14/2020

If the amount column of each col_id changes , a new record will be inserted in the table with a new operation_date which is exactly the date of the change. What I need from the table is the amount for each col_id which has the max(operation_date)<= (a specific date for example 11/15/2020) by this I mean I need the last update of the record the operation_date of which is lower than the date I'm querying the table. So my desired result is this :

    col_id    |  amount   
      1       |  1000      
      2       |  500    
      3       |  3000       

What I've written so far is this and it gives me the correct output:

select d.col_id, 
  from doc_amount_detail d
 inner join (select t.col_id, 
             max(t.operation_date) operation_date
               from doc_amount_detail t
              where t.operation_date <= to_date('11/15/2020', 'mm/dd/yyyy')
              group by t.col_id
             ) d2
    on d.col_id = d2.col_id
   and d.operation_date = d2.operation_date

and I want to know whether there are better ways of writing this query. Thanks in advance.

  • 1
    LAST_VALUE would be one way. Nov 15, 2020 at 12:48
  • @MichaelKutz This one gives me the wrong result : select t.col_id, last_value(t.amount) over(partition by t.col_id order by t.operation_date) amount from doc_amount_detail t where t.operation_date <= to_date('11/15/2020', 'mm/dd/yyyy');
    – Pantea
    Nov 15, 2020 at 12:57
  • 1
    I believe this falls under "Top N" query category. I'm sure there is a Wiki/FAQ on here for Oracle. I was requested to add MATCH RECOGNIZE to potential solutions but lost the link. (Haven't found it yet) Nov 15, 2020 at 14:30
  • @MichaelKutz , I used first_value function instead of last_value which I think is a bit tricky and at the same time a bit scary !
    – Pantea
    Nov 15, 2020 at 14:48

2 Answers 2


Analytic Functions

  col_id, amount
     d.col_id, d.amount,
     rank() over (partition by d.col_id order by d.operation_date desc) as rk
   from doc_amount_detail d
   where.d.operation_date <= to_date('11/15/2020', 'mm/dd/yyyy')
where rk = 1; 

I found a better solution. Instead of Last_value() function , I used First_value() and order by t.operation_date desc:

select distinct 
       first_value(t.amount) over(partition by t.col_id order by t.operation_date desc ) amount
from doc_amount_detail t
where t.operation_date <= to_date('11/15/2020', 'mm/dd/yyyy');

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