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How can I get the last element out of GROUP BY sets?

From: Robert Creager <Robert_Creager(at)LogicalChaos(dot)org>
To: PGSQL <pgsql-sql(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: How can I get the last element out of GROUP BY sets?
Date: 2004-01-19 04:28:34
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I'm trying to produce summary data from a table (using PGSQL 7.4.1):

CREATE TABLE readings( "when" timestamp, value integer );

The summary will be based on various time periods.  I've been using date_trunc(
'hour', "when" ) and GROUP BY for the min/max/average readings with no problems.
But, one piece of data I need is the last value for each GROUP BY period.  Alas,
I cannot figure out how to do this.

If I wanted to loop from a script, I could, for instance, execute the following
for each GROUP BY period (filling in ? appropriately):

SELECT date_trunc( 'hour', "when" ), value
FROM readings
WHERE date_trunc( 'hour', "when" )::timestamp =  ?

But, I figure there's probably some what to do this in SQL.

Any help?


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