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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

8. Performant SQL

Learning Objectives

By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Optimize database use to allow more queries to be executed with fewer resources
  • Implement index and sequential scans and understand when to most effectively use them
  • Interpret the output of EXPLAIN ANALYZE
  • Understand the benefits of using joins in place of other functionality
  • Identify bottlenecks in queries
  • Implement triggers in response to specific events
  • Create and use functions to create more sophisticated and efficient queries
  • Identify long-running queries and terminate them

In this chapter, we will improve the performance of some of our previous SQL queries. Now that we have a good understanding of the basics, we will build upon this foundation by making our queries more resource and time efficient. As we begin to work with larger datasets, these efficiencies become even more important, with each computational step taking longer to compute...