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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

The COPY Command

At this point, you are probably pretty familiar with the SELECT statement (covered in Chapter 2, The Basics of SQL for Analytics), which allows us to retrieve data from our database. While this command is useful for small datasets that can be scanned quickly, we will often want to save a large dataset to a file. By saving these datasets to files, we can further process or analyze the data locally using Excel, Python, or R. In order to retrieve these large datasets, we can use the Postgres COPY command, which efficiently transfers data from a database to a file, or from a file to a database.

Getting Started with COPY

The COPY statement retrieves data from your database and dumps it in the file format of your choosing. For example, take the following statement:

Figure 6.1: Using COPY to print results to STDOUT in a CSV file format

This statement returns five rows from...