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Aggregate (GROUP BY) Function - Clarification?
Posted by: Amanda J
Date: November 09, 2017 03:53PM

Deep into building a nested IF I've been chasing for several months now I hit a strange result has sent me back to the drawing board to get straight (again) how the GROUP BY function works

Sample Table "test"
id	year	value	
1	1996	7
2	1997	6
3	1998	5
4	1999	4
5	2000	3
6	2001	2
7	2002	1 
8	2003	0


A query to find the 5 year average for each year in the test table

SELECT 
x.year, 
AVG(y.value) AS avg,
COUNT(*) AS n_years,	
GROUP_CONCAT(x.id) AS id_used
FROM test x
JOIN test y 
ON x.year BETWEEN y.year AND y.year + 5
GROUP BY x.year;

Query Result
id		yr		value		        avg			n_years		        id_used
1		1996		7			7			1			1
2		1997		6			6.5			2			2,2
3		1998		5			6			3			3,3,3
4		1999		4			5.5			4			4,4,4,4
5		2000		3			5			5			5,5,5,5,5
6		2001		2			4			5			6,6,6,6,6
7		2002		1			3			5			7,7,7,7,7
8		2003		0			2			5			8,8,8,8,8


Spelling out the result 'old school' to show what I thought I was going to get:

x.year		AVG=SUM(value)/COUNT(value)		x.year BETWEEN y.year AND y.year + 5			id_used
1996		(7)/1 = 7				1996							1
1997		(7+6)/2 = 6.5				1996,1997						2
1998		(7+6+5)/3 = 6				1996,1997,1998						3
1999		(7+6+5+4)/4 = 5.5			1996,1997,1998,1999					4
2000		(7+6+5+4+3)/5 = 5			1996,1997,1998,1999,2000				5
2001		(6+5+4+3+2)/5 = 4			1997,1998,1999,2000,2001				6
2002		(5+4+3+2+1)/5 = 3			1998,1999,2000,2001,2002				7
2003		(4+3+2+1+0)/5 = 2			1999,2000,2001,2002,2003				8

I think n_years is:

    - a count of the number of records returned by the SELECT statement (met the BETWEEN clause)
    - the denominator in the average function
    - the average function using the values associated with those same records to calculate its numerator.

I thought id_used was:

    - the id of all the records found for x.year
But how to explain the duplicates in id_used column in the result.

There is only one record for each x.year in the sample data?

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