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From:Jan Steinman Date:December 4 2011 2:59am
Subject:Query query
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I'm having brain freeze, and wonder if anyone can help me with a query.

I have a library in MySQL. There's a table with a record per book, and other tables that
it indexes into for meaningful info. One of those is an integer-keyed list of 1,000 Dewey
Decimal Codes. In the books table, the Dewey field is decimal. In the Dewey table, it's an

I would like to make a report with the info for each DDC, including whether or not there
are any books for any given code's integer part. In other words, I want to "bucketize"
101.000 to 101.999, etc, for each integer Dewey number, and give some info if the count in
that range is non-zero.

I suspect I need a subquery to do this, but my brain is frozen! (Or should I use a join?
Can you even join on an inequality?)

The following crashes phpMyAdmin when I try to do it. I suspect it's because the subquery
reference to "ddn.Dewey" is out of context. The subquery works on its own when "ddn.Dewey"
is a literal integer.

    (SELECT COUNT(*) > 0 FROM s_library lib WHERE FLOOR(lib.Dewey) = ddn.Dewey) AS
    ddn.Dewey AS DDN,
    ddn.Classification AS Classification
FROM s_library_dewey
ddn WHERE 1

Any thoughts on the best way to do this?


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