I have a dataset of address points with their associated street name, in addition to a tab file of polygons covering a catchment. I want to know if there is a way of selecting polygons which have address points with different street names within them.

I am guessing that there is a way of using the count function in MapInfo but unsure how this works with character fields.

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The MapBasic SQL dialect is rather restricted, but this is possible by using several temporary tables. Assuming that the Points table has a column StreetName, and that the Catchments table has a unique ID value, these three SQL statements should work (enter them into the MapBasic window):

Select ID, StreetName 
   From Points, Catchments 
   Where Points.obj intersects Catchments.obj 
   Into temp noselect 
   Group By ID, StreetName
select ID, count(*) 
   from temp 
   into temp2 noselect 
   Group By ID
Select * 
   From Catchments 
   Where ID in (select ID from temp2 where count > 1)
  • I would use Within instead of Intersects as you are comparing points to polygons. But besides that, nice workaround for the limitations of the MapBasic SQL Nov 22, 2018 at 9:52

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