This is untested, but it might be enough to get you started:
FROM name n
WHERE NOT EXISTS (
WHERE hh > 0
AND famnu = n.famnu
GROUP BY famnu
HAVING birthdate = min( birthdate );
What I'm trying to do here is grab all families that don't have a head
of household, group them by family, and get only the namecounter
corresponding to the minimum birthdate for that family.
If I recall, I've had some trouble using HAVING with min/max in ways
that seem intuitive to me, but this might help get you started.
On Oct 9, 2004, at 3:39 PM, Andrew Ward wrote:
> I'm trying to figure out how to do a particular query,
> and I'm beating my head against a wall. Here's my
> I'm running postgres 7.3.2 on linux, and making my
> requests from Perl scripts using DBD::Pg. My table
> structure is as follows (irrelevant cols removed)
> CREATE TABLE name (
> namecounter integer NOT NULL,
> firstmiddle character varying(64) NOT NULL,
> lastname character varying(64) NOT NULL,
> birthdate date,
> hh smallint,
> famnu integer,
> Each row represents a person with a unique
> namecounter. Families share a famnu, and usually one
> person in a family is marked as head of household
> (hh>0), with everyone else hh=0. However, there are a
> few families with nobody marked as hh, and I'd like to
> elect one by age. The query I'm trying to do is to
> pull one person from each household, either the head
> of household if available, or the eldest if not. I
> want them sorted by last name, so I'd prefer to find
> them all in one query, no matter how ugly and nested
> it has to be.
> I can pull the list with hh>0 easily enough, but I'm
> not sure how to pull out the others.
> I realize that this could be done through some looping
> in the Perl script, but I'd like to avoid pulling the
> whole list into memory in case the list gets long. My
> preference is to just handle one record at a time in
> Perl if possible.
> Andrew Ward
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