Binary Logic - 7 months ago 14

SQL Question

I have a problem here, and I'm hoping there is an easy solution. I'll try to make this as simple as possible:

- A ticket belongs to an attendee
- Example:

`select * from tickets JOIN attendees ON attendee.id = tickets.attendee_id`

- An attendee has a decimal column called "revenue"

That said, I need to run a query that will return a variety of information about the tickets, including the total revenue. The problem is that if 2 tickets belong to the same attendee, it counts their revenue twice. How can I sum the attendee revenue only once?

Here's what I have:

- 1 attendees with a revenue of 100
- 2 tickets that both belong to that attendee

`Select count(tickets.*) as tickets_count`

, sum(attendees.revenue) as atendees_revenue

from tickets LEFT OUTER JOIN attendees ON attendees.id = tickets.attendee_id;

=> This tells me that

`attendees_revenue`

Please let me know if this is possible.

Answer

To get the result **without subquery**, you have to resort to advanced window function trickery:

```
SELECT sum(count(*)) OVER () AS tickets_count
,sum(min(a.revenue)) OVER () AS atendees_revenue
FROM tickets t
JOIN attendees a ON a.id = t.attendee_id
GROUP BY t.attendee_id
LIMIT 1;
```

The key to understanding this is the **sequence of events** in the query:

*aggregate functions -> window functions -> DISTINCT -> LIMIT*

More details here:

Step by step:

I

`GROUP BY t.attendee_id`

- which you would normally do in a subquery.Then I sum over the counts to get the total count of tickets. Not very efficient, but forced by your requirement. The aggregate function

`count(*)`

is wrapped in the window function`sum( ... ) OVER ()`

to arrive at the not-so-common expression:`sum(count(*)) OVER ()`

.And sum the minimum revenue per attendee to get the sum without duplicates.

You could also use

`max()`

or`avg()`

instead of`min()`

to the same effect as`revenue`

is guaranteed to be the same for every row per attendee.This could be simpler if

`DISTINCT`

was allowed in window functions, but PostgreSQL has not (yet) implemented this feature. Per documentation:Aggregate window functions, unlike normal aggregate functions, do not allow

`DISTINCT`

or`ORDER BY`

to be used within the function argument list.Final step is to get a single row. This could be done with

`DISTINCT`

(SQL standard) since all rows are the same.`LIMIT 1`

will be faster, though. Or the SQL-standard form`FETCH FIRST 1 ROWS ONLY`

.