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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

Case Study

Throughout this chapter, we will cover the following case study. The new ZoomZoom Bat Scooter is now available for sale exclusively through its website. Sales are looking good, but suddenly, pre-orders start plunging by 20% after a couple of weeks. What's going on? As the best data analyst at ZoomZoom, it's been assigned to you to figure it out.

Scientific Method

In this case study, we will be following the scientific method to help solve our problem, which, at its heart, is about testing guesses (or hypotheses) using objectively collected data. We can decompose the scientific method into the following key steps:

  1. Define the question to answer what caused the drop-in sales of the Bat Scooter after approximately 2 weeks.
  2. Complete background research to gather sufficient information to propose an initial hypothesis for the event or phenomenon.
  3. Construct a hypothesis to explain the event or answer the question.
  4. Define and execute an...