BIN_TO_NUM converts a bit vector to its equivalent number. Each argument to this function represents a bit in the bit vector. This function takes as arguments any numeric datatype, or any nonnumeric datatype that can be implicitly converted to
expr must evaluate to 0 or 1. This function returns Oracle
BIN_TO_NUM is useful in data warehousing applications for selecting groups of interest from a materialized view using grouping sets.
The following example converts a binary value to a number:
SELECT BIN_TO_NUM(1,0,1,0) FROM DUAL; BIN_TO_NUM(1,0,1,0) ------------------- 10
The next example converts three values into a single binary value and uses
BIN_TO_NUM to convert that binary into a number. The example uses a PL/SQL declaration to specify the original values. These would normally be derived from actual data sources.
SELECT order_status FROM orders WHERE order_id = 2441; ORDER_STATUS ------------ 5 DECLARE warehouse NUMBER := 1; ground NUMBER := 1; insured NUMBER := 1; result NUMBER; BEGIN SELECT BIN_TO_NUM(warehouse, ground, insured) INTO result FROM DUAL; UPDATE orders SET order_status = result WHERE order_id = 2441; end; / PL/SQL procedure successfully completed. SELECT order_status FROM orders WHERE order_id = 2441; ORDER_STATUS ------------ 7
Refer to the examples for BITAND for information on reversing this process, extracting multiple values from a single column value.