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SAP Sybase SQL Anywhere 16.0 » SQL Anywhere Server - SQL Usage » Queries and data modification » Common table expressions » Typical applications of common table expressions


Multiple aggregate functions

Common table expressions are useful whenever multiple levels of aggregation must appear within a single query. This is the case in the example used in the previous section. The task was to retrieve the department ID of the department that has the most employees. To do so, the count aggregate function is used to calculate the number of employees in each department and the MAX function is used to select the largest department.

A similar situation arises when writing a query to determine which department has the largest payroll. The SUM aggregate function is used to calculate each department's payroll and the MAX function is used to determine which is largest. The presence of both functions in the query is a clue that a common table expression may be helpful.

WITH DepartmentPayroll( DepartmentID, amount ) AS
    ( SELECT DepartmentID, SUM( Salary ) AS amount
      FROM Employees GROUP BY DepartmentID )
SELECT DepartmentID, amount
FROM DepartmentPayroll
WHERE amount = ( SELECT MAX( amount )
              FROM DepartmentPayroll )
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