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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)
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9. Using SQL to Uncover the Truth – a Case Study

Summary

In this chapter, we covered special data types including dates, timestamps, latitude and longitude, arrays, JSON and JSONB, and text data types. We learned how to transform these data types using specialized functionality for each data type, and we learned how we can perform advanced analysis using these data types and proved that this can be useful in a business context.

As our datasets grow larger and larger, these complex analyses become slower and slower. In the next chapter, we will take a deep look at how we can begin to optimize these queries using an explanation and analysis of the query plan, and using additional tools, such as indexes, that can speed up our queries.