FAQ: Aggregate Functions - Max / Min

This community-built FAQ covers the “Max / Min” exercise from the lesson “Aggregate Functions”.

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should these commands return the same?? can’t I use aggregate function in conditioning??

select max(price) from fake_apps;
SELECT price
FROM fake_apps
where price=MAX(price);

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When you use max(category) on fake_apps, the answer that pops is weather. What does this represent? Does this imply that weather is the most common category?

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For all practical purposes, if I wanted to know the least popular items in a shop, for example, I couldn’t really use SELECT MIN(item) FROM shop because the results do not include items that sold 0 times, therefore no value to return. What could be a code to return items that sold 0 times, as well as the lowest-selling items?

I believe SELECT MAX(category) FROM fake_apps; is returning Weather because weather is the last thing in the category alphabetically.

To find the most common category, calling for distinct categories and count(*) from fake_apps group by category seems to return the popularity or “hits” of each category.

SELECT distinct category, count(*) AS “Hits”
FROM fake_apps
GROUP BY category

This returns the top 5 most popular categories of fake_apps.

category Hits
Games 17
Education 13
Travel 12
Sports 11
Photo & Video 10
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