FAQ: Usage Funnels - Build a Funnel From a Single Table

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Why doesn’t this code work?

I don’t see a typo, and the only difference is the order of my selections:

 SELECT COUNT(DISTINCT user_id), question_text
 FROM survey_responses

This actually returns the identical result, it just doesn’t receive credit. The interface returned an error message saying to enter the appropriate code and didn’t give me the [Next] box.

In this exercise, why is it necessary to count DISTINCT user?


Maybe one user answered questions twice?

I don’t understand why are we grouping and ordering by 1.

For this exercise,
Instead of using suggestion below;

SELECT question_text,
   COUNT(DISTINCT user_id)
FROM survey_responses

Can I write query like this instead?

SELECT DISTINCT user_id,count(*),question_text

 FROM survey_responses

 GROUP BY question_text;

I must admit I had a peek at the solution before asking this question. Why does the query show entries in the question_text column entered in a random order? Also, how is it that the result shows the question_text column in a descending order despite not using the ORDER BY clause?

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well totally the same. I check the code again and again just doesnt work.
actually i have same problems many times, even you get the same code it just gives you an X.

It’s been a while since I’ve done the lesson. Can you post a link to it?

In my code i used … COUNT(user_id) but the hint/answer code used COUNT(DISTINCT user_id), what is the point of DISTINCT in an aggregate query? (both codes give the same answer)

Both approaches return the same information in this instance. This may not always be the case, particularly if user_id isn’t the index (PRIMARY KEY) for the database.

I have the problem, never succeeded until I peeked the hint.

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Because we need to get amount of users have answered to the particular question. Some users could answer to the questions twice, three, four times… When we use DISTINCT we get max amount of answered questions for this user.

Yes you can, but in the result you’ll get 3 column and the first column consists of 5 identical rows with on of the user’s id…