# Count how many variables equal a target value

## All we need is an easy explanation of the problem, so here it is.

Is there a smart way to count how many variables equal some target value (in SQL Server)?

For example, if I have:

``````declare @a int = 1;
declare @b int = 2;
declare @c int = 1;
declare @target int = 1;
``````

Then I’d like to do how many of `@a, @b, @c` eqauls `@target`.

In imperative languages, it’s easy to make an inline array of the variables, and then count them – for example in JS:

``````var a = 1, b = 2, c = 2, target = 1;
if ([a, b, c].filter(item => item == target).length == 1)
// do something
``````

The equivalent in SQL of that "inline array" would be a single column table, but this would require using `DECLARE TABLE`, which I’d like to avoid.

Is there a similarly easy method for such counting in SQL?

Please note I’m less interested in "creating a table without declaring it" – what I really care about is the counting of variables against a target variable, so if it can be done without using tables at all, then it would be better.

## How to solve :

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### Method 1

``````declare @a int = 1;
declare @b int = 2;
declare @c int = 1;
declare @target int = 1;

SELECT COUNT(*)
FROM (VALUES (@a), (@b), (@c)) AS t(_value)
WHERE t._value = @target
``````

Note: Use and implement method 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂