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SQL for Data Analytics

By : Upom Malik, Matt Goldwasser, Benjamin Johnston
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Book Image

SQL for Data Analytics

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By: Upom Malik, Matt Goldwasser, Benjamin Johnston

Overview of this book

Understanding and finding patterns in data has become one of the most important ways to improve business decisions. If you know the basics of SQL, but don't know how to use it to gain the most effective business insights from data, this book is for you. SQL for Data Analytics helps you build the skills to move beyond basic SQL and instead learn to spot patterns and explain the logic hidden in data. You'll discover how to explore and understand data by identifying trends and unlocking deeper insights. You'll also gain experience working with different types of data in SQL, including time-series, geospatial, and text data. Finally, you'll learn how to increase your productivity with the help of profiling and automation. By the end of this book, you'll be able to use SQL in everyday business scenarios efficiently and look at data with the critical eye of an analytics professional. Please note: if you are having difficulty loading the sample datasets, there are new instructions uploaded to the GitHub repository. The link to the GitHub repository can be found in the book's preface.
Table of Contents (11 chapters)
9. Using SQL to Uncover the Truth – a Case Study

Creating Tables

Now that we know how to read data from tables, we will now look at how to create new tables. There are fundamentally two ways to create tables: creating blank tables or using SELECT queries.

Creating Blank Tables

To create a new blank table, we use the CREATE TABLE statement. This statement takes the following structure:

CREATE TABLE {table_name} (
{column_name_1} {data_type_1} {column_constraint_1},
{column_name_2} {data_type_2} {column_constraint_2},
{column_name_3} {data_type_3} {column_constraint_3},
{column_name_last} {data_type_last} {column_constraint_last},

Here {table_name} is the name of the table, {column_name} is the name of the column, {data_type} is the data type of the column, and {column_constraint} is one or more optional keywords giving special properties to the column. Before we discuss how to use the CREATE TABLE query, we will first discuss column constraints.

Column Constraints

Column constraints are keywords that...