Exercise: Show the number / average length of events by category initial

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Category ==> SQL  (156 exercises)
Topic ==> Aggregation and grouping  (8 exercises)
Level ==> Harder than average
Course ==> Introduction to SQL
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Create a query which shows two statistics for each category initial:

  1. The number of events for categories beginning with this letter; and
  2. The average length in characters of the event name for categories beginning with this letter.

Here are the first few rows you should get when you run your ever-so-slightly contrived query:

Category initials

It looks like most events begin with categories beginning with an E (there are 5 such categories, which helps), but that Ns have it for the longest average event name length.


You'll need to use the following functions at some point: CAST or CONVERT, AVG, COUNT, LEN, UPPER and LEFT!

Save this query as P please bob, then close it down.

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