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10.9 Grouping with WITH CUBE

Another way to get multiple groupings within one GROUP BY clause is to use the WITH CUBE specification.

Again, we use a formal way to explain this new specification. Imagine that the specification WITH CUBE is added to a GROUP BY clause consisting of the expressions E 1, E 2, and E 3. As a result, many groupings are performed: [E 1, E 2, E 3], [E 1, E 2], [E 1, E 3], [E 2, E 3], [E 1], [E 2], [E 3], and finally []. The list begins with a grouping on all three expressions, followed by three groupings with each two expressions (one grouping for each possible combination of two expressions), and followed by a grouping for each expression separately; it closes with a grouping of all rows.

Example 10.20. Group the PLAYERS table on the columns SEX with TOWN and add a WITH CUBE specification.

SELECT   ROW_NUMBER() OVER () AS SEQNO,
         SEX, TOWN, COUNT(*)
FROM     PLAYERS
GROUP BY SEX, TOWN WITH CUBE
ORDER BY SEX, TOWN

The result is:

SEQNO  SEX  TOWN       COUNT(*)
-----  ---  ---------  --------
    1    M  Stratford         7
    2    M  Inglewood         1
    3    M  Douglas           1
    4    M  ?                 9
    5    F  Midhurst          1
    6    F  Inglewood         1
    7    F  Plymouth          1
    8    F  Eltham            2
    9    F  ?                 5
   10    ?  Stratford         7
   11    ?  Midhurst          1
   12    ?  Inglewood         2
   13    ?  Plymouth          1
   14    ?  Douglas           1
   15    ?  Eltham            2
   16    ?  ?                14

Explanation: Rows 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, and 8 have been added because of the grouping [SEX, TOWN]. Rows 4 and 9 have been added because of the grouping [SEX]. Rows 10 through 15 have been added because of the grouping on [TOWN], and row 16 has been included because of the grouping of all rows.

Exercise 10.22: Describe what the difference is between a WITH ROLLUP and a WITH CUBE specification.

Exercise 10.23: Group the MATCHES table on the columns TEAMNO, PLAYERNO, and WON, and add a WITH CUBE specification.

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