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SQL | Aggregation and grouping exercise | Show the number / average length of events by category initial
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- Go into SQL Server Management Studio;
- Open the SQL file you've just unzipped (you can press CTRL + O to do this); then
- Execute this script.
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Create a query which shows two statistics for each category initial:
- The number of events for categories beginning with this letter; and
- 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:
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.
left (c.CategoryName ,1) as Category_Initial
, count (e.EventName) as Number_of_Events
, sum(len (e.EventName)) as Total_Length
, cast(avg( cast( len (e.EventName) as float ) ) as decimal(6,2) ) as AVG_Event_Name_Length
from [dbo].[tblEvent] e
left join [dbo].[tblCategory] c
on e.CategoryID = c.CategoryID
group by left (c.CategoryName ,1)