2 Replies Latest reply: Dec 31, 2012 10:54 PM by Brent Grech-Oracle RSS

    Counting Multiple Occurences in Same Table Grouped by Date

    Brent Grech-Oracle

      I am stuck on this one. I have a table that has many transactions. I would like to write a SQL that shows for a given date range, how many rows were added and how many were distinctly updated. In my table I have 2 timestamp columns that I am trying to count on:


      I would like my report to look something like. I don't care if the updated column includes the rows created but I do care if there are no rows created and would like to set the value to 0.

      Date Number Rows Created Number of Rows Updated
      12/01/2013 10 15
      12/02/2013 0 10
      12/03/2013 30 36
      12/04/2013 50 70

      I cannot figure this out. I know it's a combination of CASE statements and am hoping to get it done with regular SQL

      I transform the timestamp with TO_CHAR to MM/DD/YYYY then group by. I have no problem getting one or the other with separate queries, but not both in the same table.

      Thank you!
        • 1. Re: Counting Multiple Occurences in Same Table Grouped by Date
          Frank Kulash
          Hi, Brent,

          Interesting problem! This clearly seems to be a GROUP BY problem, but what can you put in the GROUP BY clause? You need to do two separate COUNT functions, each with its own GROUP BY clause.

          I think you want to do something like this:
          WITH     created          AS
               SELECT       TRUNC (date_created)          AS date_created
               ,       COUNT (*)               AS rows_created
               FROM       table_x
               GROUP BY  TRUNC (date_created)
          ,     updated          AS
               SELECT       TRUNC (last_update_date)     AS date_updated
               ,       COUNT (*)               AS rows_updated
               FROM       table_x
               GROUP BY  TRUNC (last_update_date)
          SELECT    NVL ( c.date_created
                     , u.date_updated)          AS dml_date
          ,       NVL (c.rows_reated, 0)        AS rows_created
          ,       NVL (u.row_updated, 0)     AS rows_updated
          FROM              created  c
          FULL OUTER JOIN      updated  u  ON  u.date_updated  = c.date_created
          ORDER BY  dml_date
          If you wanted only the number of rows created, then you would run something like the first sub-query (created), right? And if you wanted only the number of rows updated, then you would run something like the second sub_query (updated). So getting them both at the same time is just a matter of joining those two result sets.


          I hope this answers your question.
          If not, post a little sample data (CREATE TABLE and INSERT statements, relevant columns only) for all tables involved, and also post the results you want from that data.
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          • 2. Re: Counting Multiple Occurences in Same Table Grouped by Date
            Brent Grech-Oracle
            thank you!!! with some minor tweaks to the above code, i got it to work:

            WITH     created          AS
                 SELECT     TRUNC (CREATION_DATE)          AS date_created
                 ,     COUNT (*)               AS rows_created
                 FROM     my_table
            ,     updated          AS
                 SELECT     TRUNC (last_update_date)     AS date_updated
                 ,     COUNT (*)               AS rows_updated
                 FROM     my_table
                 GROUP BY TRUNC (last_update_date)
            SELECT NVL ( c.date_created
                 , u.date_updated)          AS DATA_DATE
            ,     NVL (c.rows_created, 0)      AS num_rows_created
            ,     NVL (u.rows_updated, 0)     AS num_rows_updated
            FROM     created c
            FULL OUTER JOIN     updated u ON u.date_updated = c.date_created
            ORDER BY DATA_DATE