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COUNTING SQL has the ability to count and aggregate values across tuples. However since each SQL expression in the WHERE clause refers to individual tuples, counting usually is the last step. Recall that an SQL expression returns a bag of tuples.

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COUNTING

  • SQL has the ability to count and aggregate values across tuples.

  • However since each SQL expression in the WHERE clause refers to individual tuples, counting usually is the last step.

  • Recall that an SQL expression returns a bag of tuples.

    SELECT count(T.studid), count(DISTINCT T.sectionid)

    FROM Transcript T

    WHERE T.semester=‘Fall’ AND T.year=2002 AND

    T.grade=‘A’ AND T.crscode=‘CSCI4380’

    How many tuples are returned by this expression?

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GROUP BY

  • Suppose we want to find how generous each professor is, by counting the total number of ‘A’s they give every semester in each class, and even compare with the class size.

  • We would like to return a relation with schema:

    • ProfId, SpecificClass, TotalAs, TotalAsByPercentage

      which lists the total number of As by the specific faculty in a specific class.

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GROUP BY

First, match professors with the grades.

SELECT C.instructorid, C.csrcode, C.semester, C.year, C.sectionNo, T.grade

FROM Transcript T, Class C

WHERE C.crscode = T.crscode AND C.semester = T.semester AND

C.year = T.year AND C.sectionNo = T.sectionNo AND T.grade=‘A’

The next step is to count, but the following does not give us what we wanted:

SELECT count(T.studId)

FROM Transcript T, Class C

WHERE C.crscode = T.crscode AND C.semester = T.semester AND

C.year = T.year AND C.sectionNo = T.sectionNo AND T.grade

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GROUP BY

Instead, first group tuples into groups for each specific instructor and course that they taught.

FROM Transcript T, Class C

WHERE C.crscode = T.crscode AND C.semester = T.semester AND

C.year = T.year AND C.sectionNo = T.sectionNo AND

T.grade=‘A’

GROUP BY C.instructorid, C.crscode, C.semester, C.year, C.sectionNo

Instructor 1,

4380, Fall 2002,

Section 1

Instructor 2,

4380, Fall 2002,

Section 2

Instructor 3,

4380, Spring 2002,

Section 1

Instructor 1,

4380, Fall 2001,

Section 1

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GROUP BY

For each group of tuples, we can now compute the necessary aggregates. We generate a new tuple for each different group.

SELECT C.instructorid, C.crscode, C.semester, C.year, C.sectionNo,

count(T.studId) TotalAs

FROM Transcript T, Class C

WHERE C.crscode = T.crscode AND C.semester = T.semester AND

C.year = T.year AND C.sectionNo = T.sectionNo AND

T.grade=‘A’

GROUP BY C.instructorid, C.crscode, C.semester, C.year, C.sectionNo

Note that in this grouping, we cannot compare the total number of As with the total class size. We have already eliminated the students who did not get As. We will see how to do this next class.

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GROUP BY

For all students, find the total number of credits hours they have completed.

SELECT T.studId, sum(C.credithours) TotalHrs,

count(T.crscode)/count(DISTINCT T.crscode) Repeats

FROM Transcript T, Course C

WHERE C.crscode = T.crscode AND

UPPER(T.grade) IN (‘A’,’B’,’C’,’D’)

GROUP BY T.studId

Note that this query does not take into account if the student took the same course more than once. Then, the credit hours should only count once. We will see how to eliminate these tuples next class.

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GROUP BY / HAVING

For all students, find the total number of credits hours they have completed. But, only return the students with at least 100 total credits hours.

SELECT T.studId, sum(C.credithours) TotalHrs,

count(T.crscode)/count(DISTINCT T.crscode) Repeats

FROM Transcript T, Course C

WHERE C.crscode = T.crscode AND

UPPER(T.grade) IN (‘A’,’B’,’C’,’D’,’F’)

GROUP BY T.studId

HAVING sum(C.credithours) >= 100

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GROUP BY / HAVING

  • Group by creates groups, each containing a bag of tuples.

  • The Having clause applies to each single group.

    • If the group satisfies the having condition, then the whole group passes. Otherwise, the whole group is eliminated.

  • For each group, create a new tuple in the select statement. You can include some or all of the grouping attributes, and aggregate conditions.

    • Each aggregate condition is applied to each group separately.

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WRONG!!! WRONG!!!

Find two things that are wrong with these statements!!!

SELECT T.studId, T.sectionId, sum(C.credithours) TotalHrs

FROM Transcript T, Course C

WHERE C.crscode = T.crscode AND

UPPER(T.grade) IN (‘A’,’B’,’C’,’D’,’F’)

GROUP BY T.studId

HAVING C.credithours >= 4

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WRONG!!! WRONG!!!

Find two things that are wrong with these statements!!!

SELECT T.studId, T.sectionId, sum(C.credithours) TotalHrs

FROM Transcript T, Course C

WHERE C.crscode = T.crscode AND

UPPER(T.grade) IN (‘A’,’B’,’C’,’D’,’F’)

GROUP BY T.studId

HAVING C.credithours >= 4

  • T.sectionId is not a unique value for each group!!! The statement is ambiguous

  • C.credithours is not a unique value for each group!!! The condition C.credithours >= 4 belongs in the WHERE clause.

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ORDER BY

  • The order by statement after select is used to order the tuples in the result. It is a simple sort statement.

    SQL complete:

    (SELECT […] FROM […] WHERE […] GROUP BY […] HAVING […] )

    UNION […] UNION

    (SELECT […] FROM […] WHERE […] GROUP BY […] HAVING […] )

    ORDER BY […]

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NULL VALUES

  • A null value usually means there is no value for a specific value. The reasons may be:

    • Value does not exist (yet). The grade for a course in progress does not exist.

    • Value is not known. We may know that a person has a phone, but we do not know the phone number.

    • It is not known whether a value exists or not. A student may or may not have non-campus e-mail address.

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NULL VALUES

  • To check whether a value is null or not, a specific predicate is used:

    WHERE T.grade IS NULL

    WHERE T.grade IS NOT NULL

  • For regular comparison conditions and other predicates, when the compared values are null, the condition evaluates to “unknown”.

    • WHERE T.grade = ‘A’ evaluates to unknown if T.grade is null

    • WHERE T.grade=T2.grade evaluates to unknown if either T.grade or T2.grade (or both) are null.

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NULL VALUES

  • Furthermore, we are given the following:

    • UNKNOWN AND TRUE = UNKNOWN

    • UNKNOWN OR TRUE = TRUE

    • UNKNOWN AND FALSE = FALSE

    • UNKNOWN OR FALSE = UNKNOWN

    • NOT (UNKNOWN) = UNKNOWN

    • UNKNOWN OR UNKNOWN = UNKNOWN

    • UNKNOWN AND UNKNOWN = UNKNOWN

  • Note that a tuple is returned by the WHERE clause, only if the condition evaluates to true.

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NULL VALUES

SELECT T.studId, T.grade

FROM Transcript T

WHERE T.semester=‘Fall’ AND T.year=2002 AND

NOT (T.grade IN (‘A’,’B’,’C’,’D’,’F’))

Does this select all null grades?

Better select WHERE T.grade IS NULL or T.grade=‘I’

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INNER JOIN

Find all faculty and the classes they are teaching in Spring 2002. If they are not teaching a course, then simply return a null value next to the faculty name.

First try:

SELECT F.name, C.crscode, C.sectionNo

FROM Faculty F, Class C

WHERE C.instructorId=F.id AND C.semester=‘Spring’ AND C.year=2002

Unfortunately, this eliminates all instructors who do not teach in this semester.

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INNER JOIN

Second try:

SELECT F.name, C.crscode, C.sectionNo

FROM Faculty F, Class C

WHERE C.instructorId=F.id AND C.semester=‘Spring’ AND C.year=2002

UNION

SELECT F.name

FROM Faculty F

WHERE (check if they have not taught courses in the Spring - we’ll see how next class)

Too long, and the two relations are not union compatible.

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OUTER JOIN

  • A JOIN B, inner join selects tuples that satisfy a join condition, eliminates all tuples that do not satisfy the join condition. A is called the left operand and B is the right operand of the join operation.

    • A LEFT OUTER JOIN B returns all tuples in the inner join as well as the tuples in A that do not join with any tuples in in B.

    • A RIGHT OUTER JOIN B returns all tuples in the inner join as well as the tuples in B that do not join with any tuples in in A.

    • A FULL OUTER JOIN B returns all tuples in the inner join as well as the tuples from A and B that do not participate in the inner join.

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OUTER JOIN

PARTSUPP JOIN SUPPLY ON Supplier=ID (3 tuples)

PARTSUPP LEFT OUTER JOIN SUPPLY ON Supplier=Id

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INNER JOIN

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OUTER JOIN

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OUTER JOIN

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OUTER JOIN

Find all faculty and the classes they are teaching in Spring 2002. If they are not teaching a course, then simply return a null value next to the faculty name.

SELECT F.name, C.crscode, C.sectionNo

FROM Faculty F LEFT OUTER JOIN Class C ON F.id = C.instructorId

WHERE C.semester=‘Spring’ AND C.year=2002

If the faculty is not teaching any courses, then crscode and sectionNo fields will simply be null.

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CREATE VIEW

  • To create a view, any select statement can be used.

    CREATE VIEW Spring2002Teaching(Faculty, CrsCode, SectionId) AS

    SELECT F.name, C.crscode, C.sectionNo

    FROM Faculty F LEFT OUTER JOIN Class C ON

    F.id = C.instructorId

    WHERE C.semester=‘Spring’ AND C.year=2002

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CREATE VIEW

  • When a view is created, it is saved as a definition. Views are simply saved queries.

  • Views can be queried in the same way as an ordinary table.

  • The tuples in the view are constructed from the base tables whenever a view is queried.

  • Find all faculty who is not teaching a course in Spring 2002:

    SELECT S.faculty

    FROM Spring2002Teaching S

    WHERE S.crscode is null

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INSERT

  • To insert a new tuple:

    INSERT INTO faculty(Id, Name, DeptId)

    VALUES (10, ‘Legolas’, ‘ELF’)

    All unnamed attributes will be appended NULL values for this tuple.

  • To insert a number of tuples, use a select statement:

    INSERT INTO STUDENT(Id, Name)

    SELECT 10000+F.Id, F.Name

    FROM Faculty F

    WHERE F.deptid = ‘CS’

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DELETE

  • Deleting tuples that satisfy a specific condition:

    DELETE FROM CLASS C

    WHERE C.year < 1998

  • Delete all tuples:

    DELETE FROM CLASS C

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UPDATE

  • Update values in the tuples that satisfy the where condition:

    UPDATE Transcript T

    SET T.grade = ‘I’

    WHERE T.year=2002 AND

    T.semester=‘Spring’

    AND T.grade is null

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