SQL | Aggregation and grouping exercise | Show which doctor/author combos are the most popular

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Software ==> SQL  (198 exercises)
Version ==> Any version of SQL Server
Topic ==> Aggregation and grouping  (8 exercises)
Level ==> Average difficulty
Subject ==> SQL training
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The tables you'll need for this exercise are as follows:

Three tables needed

You'll need to link each episode to its author and its doctor.

Write a query to list out for each author and doctor the number of episodes made, but restrict your output to show only the author/doctor combinations for which more than 5 episodes have been written.  Here's what you should see:

Episode listing

Here we've sorted the rows so the most common combination appears first.


You'll need to use the HAVING clause.  Remember that sweaty feet will give horrible odours!

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21 Jan 21 at 03:09

SELECT [AuthorName],[DoctorName],COUNT([EpisodeId]) AS [No of episodes]
FROM   [dbo].[tblAuthor]  A INNER JOIN [dbo].[tblEpisode] E
ON   A.AuthorId = E.AuthorId INNER JOIN [dbo].[tblDoctor] D
ON   E.DoctorId = D.DoctorId
GROUP BY [AuthorName],[DoctorName]
HAVING COUNT([EpisodeId]) > 5
ORDER BY [No of episodes] DESC;

24 Nov 19 at 13:54

        au.AuthorName Writer, --1st Table
        Doc.DoctorName Doctor, --2nd Table
        COUNT(Ep.EpisodeId) 'Num Of Episodes' --3rd Table
FROM tblAuthor AS Au
    INNER JOIN tblEpisode AS Ep
    ON Au.AuthorId = Ep.AuthorId
    INNER JOIN tblDoctor Doc
    ON Doc.DoctorId = Ep.DoctorId
GROUP BY Au.AuthorName, Doc.DoctorName
HAVING COUNT(Ep.EpisodeId) > 5
ORDER BY [Num Of Episodes] Desc

25 Nov 19 at 09:33

We don't normally post answers to exercises, as it removes the incentive for people to try them, but I've made an exception for this because the query is so well-written and presented!