## Re: sum divided by count ends in zero

From: naptrel Dara Olson Re: sum divided by count ends in zero 2009-11-25 08:59:08 FDA6282B-E532-455F-8492-45A889F8D2F3@yahoo.co.uk (view raw or whole thread) 2009-11-24 22:32:10 from "Dara Olson"  2009-11-25 08:59:08 from naptrel   2009-11-25 13:51:17 from "Dara Olson" pgsql-novice
```Hi Dara,

I suspect that the problem is that the division is acting on two integers, and doing integer division.

If you have two integers, a=3 and b=10, then:
a+b = 13
a*b = 30
b-a = 7

but:

b/a = 3   because 3 will fit 3 times into 10, with 1 remaining (i.e. b % a = 1)
a/b = 0   because the result is also an integer, and 10 will not go into 3 (note: a %b = 3)

You need to 'cast' the variables a and b to floating point values so that the division produces a floating point result

E.g.:

a::float / b::float = 0.3

Nathaniel

On 24 Nov 2009, at 22:32, Dara Olson wrote:

> Greetings.
>
> I am having a problem dividing a sum by a count and end up with zero, however I am able to multiply, subtract and add.
>
> Here are samples of the two views:
> View that groups individuals into specific groups by numbers:
> SELECT
> SUM(CASE when indiv_total_lbs <= 50 then 1 else 0 end) as "0_50",
> SUM(CASE when indiv_total_lbs <= 100 AND indiv_total_lbs > 50 then 1 else 0 end) as "51_100", etc.
> FROM wr_harvest.sh_sum_by_harvestor
>
> View that gathers overall stats:
> SELECT
> AVG (indiv_total_trips) AS ave_no_trips, etc.
> COUNT(DISTINCT x) AS no_harvestors, etc.
> FROM wr_harvest.sh_sum_by_harvestor
>
> I want to find the percent of individuals in each catagory from the first view.
> SELECT
> a."0_50"/b.no_harvestors *100 AS "0_50percent",
> a."51_100"/b.no_harvestors *100 AS  "51_100percent", etc
> FROM wr_harvest.sh_distribution_stats_no as a, wr_harvest.sh_harvestor_stats as b
>
> I am able to add, subtract and mulitply the values with the correct outcomes, but every time I try to divide the two numbers I end in zero.
> What am I doing wrong?  Any help would be greatly appreciated.
>
> Dara
>

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