FAQ: Aggregate Functions - Group By I

This community-built FAQ covers the “Group By I” exercise from the lesson “Aggregate Functions”.

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If we were to not use the GROUP BY clause such as

SELECT category, SUM (downloads)
FROM fake_apps;

The program returns 1 row with with the News in the category and the sum of the downloads in the other column.

But why does it select News as the category? It is not the min, max, mode, or avg.


Just wanto to bump this question as I had the exact some one in mind coming here. I think understanding this is fundamental to understanding how SQL works/its logic for organizing queries.

Any reply is very well received! <3

Well since SUM(downloads) only returns one value which is the sum of all category’s downloads, it only has a corresponding value for the SUM(downloads) which is the first value in category (here: news!)

In the context of this exercise, why should we type an * inside the COUNT( ) function? Does it make any difference?

SELECT price, COUNT(*)
FROM fake_apps
GROUP BY price;

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@ justin976629
I believe it selects News because it is the category with the fewest letters.

Hi guys,

I have a question regarding the following exercise GROUP BY I.
I was struggling with the second task and the exercise was only completed when the solution was found for the third task which was a bit confusing. Please advise about the second question as I couldn’t find any solution with WHERE clause which works.

  1. In the code editor, type:

SELECT price, COUNT(*)
FROM fake_apps
GROUP BY price;

  1. In the previous query, add a WHERE clause to count the total number of apps that have been downloaded more than 20,000 times, at each price.

  2. Remove the previous query. Write a new query that calculates the total number of downloads for each category.

Select category and SUM(downloads) .

SELECT category,


FROM fake_apps

GROUP BY category;

You need to perform filtering with WHERE before the GROUP BY clause. The hint for that question notes this. It’s probably worth looking up execution order for sql anyway as it makes a few things clearer if you’re unfamiliar with it.

Thanks for your advice.

Hi, there.
Im just wandering is there any difference in this code if:
select sum(downloads) ,category
rather than
select category , sum(downloads)
coz the second one is not working in codecademy