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Re: Postgresql-query for absolute beginner

From: Thom Brown <thom(at)linux(dot)com>
To: Meike Börder <boerder(at)uni-landau(dot)de>
Cc: pgsql-novice(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Postgresql-query for absolute beginner
Date: 2012-08-20 11:35:20
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On 20 August 2012 11:55, Meike Börder <boerder(at)uni-landau(dot)de> wrote:
> Hey folks,
>
>
>
> as you may have guessed from the title, I’m an absolute beginner using
> PostgreSQL and I need some help. I have a table with the columns ‘country’
> (text), ‘sample site’ (text) and ‘date’ (timestamp with time zone):
>
> country                sample site        date
>
> AA                         a1                           01.01.2000
>
> AA                         a1                           12.02.1999
>
> AA                         a2                           01.01.2000
>
> BB                          b1                           23.04.1984
>
> BB                          b2                          05.05.2000
>
> BB                          b3                          01.01.2000
>
> CC                          c1                           15.03.1998
>
> CC                          c1                           24.10.2002
>
> CC                          c2                           15.03.1998
>
>
>
> What I want to know now is how often the different sampling sites were
> tested. How do I have to write my query? I tried using something like
>
> Select country, sample site, count (date) from samples
>
> But the result was rubbish. I could Imagine that I have to create a loop for
> this query (the table has overall more than 1 mio rows) to get a result
> table with a list of sampling sites and the number of surveys for each of
> them.

Did you use a GROUP BY?

SELECT country, sample_site, count(date)
FROM samples
GROUP BY country, sample_site;

A GROUP BY is required when using aggregate functions, of which "count" is one.

-- 
Thom


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