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Databases SQL Reporting by Example Day 3: Getting Good at Grouping Least Popular Subject

György Varga
György Varga
19,198 Points

Can you please chech my solution?


I did this:

SELECT subjects.name, COUNT(students.id) AS "Number of Students" FROM students
INNER JOIN schedule ON students.id = schedule.student_id
INNER JOIN classes ON schedule.class_id = classes.id
INNER JOIN subjects ON classes.subject_id = subjects.id
GROUP BY subjects.name
ORDER BY "Number of Students"

But before limiting the results to 1 I've got different results than on the video. For example on math I've got 512 students. Can you please check it? Thank you!

2 Answers

Ben Deitch
Ben Deitch
Treehouse Teacher

Hey György!

The difference is from grouping on SUBJECTS.NAME instead of SUBJECTS.ID. The SUBJECTS table uses a second GRADE column to distinguish between the 3 grade levels of a subject. So instead of seeing 6th, 7th, and 8th grade math as 3 separate subjects, they all end up just being 'Math'.

Yes, in agreement with what Mr. Ben said, but with a minor tweak: I believe he had meant to say the difference between GROUP BY SUBJECTS.ID vs GROUP BY CLASS_ID -- the latter would result in 13 students in the smallest of the Puppetry classes, which is answering a slightly different question.

To clarify, there is no difference among the following three options:


Ben, thank you for this video clarification -- I had originally run a GROUP BY CLASS_ID! :)

Here is a cleaner version but follows more or less the flow of the video:

  SELECT DISTINCT(subjects.name) AS "Least Attended Class", COUNT(schedule.class_id) AS "Student Enrollment" FROM SUBJECTS
  JOIN CLASSES ON subjects.id = classes.subject_id
  JOIN SCHEDULE ON classes.id = schedule.class_id
  GROUP BY classes.subject_id

SELECT "Least Attended Class", MIN("Student Enrollment") AS "Students Currently Enrolled" FROM COMMON_EXPRESSION;

Hope that helps!