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10 Questions, 10 Minutes – 1/100

This is something which has been on my mind since a long time. We will be picking 10 questions per day and would like to simplify it.
We will make sure that the complete article is covered in 10 minutes by the reader. There will be 100 posts in the coming 3 months.

The articles/questions will revolve around SQL, Statistics, Python/R, MS Excel, Statistical Modelling, and case studies.

The questions will be a mix of these topics to help you prepare for interviews

You can also contribute by framing 10 questions and sending it to contact@thedatamonk.com or messaging me on Linkedin.

The questions will be updated late in the night ~1-2 a.m. and will be posted on Linkedin as well.

Let’s see how many can we solve in the next 100 posts

1. Write the syntax to create a new column using Row Number over the Salary column

SELECT *, ROW_NUMBER() OVER (Order By Salary) as Row_Num
FROM Employee

Output

Emp. IDNameSalaryRow_Num
232Rakshit300001
543Rahul300002
124Aman400003
123Amit500004
453Sumit500005

2. What is PARTITION BY clause?
PARTITION BY clause is used to create a partition of ranking in a table. If you partition by Salary in the above table, then it will provide a ranking based on each unique salary. Example below:-

SELECT *, ROW_NUMBER() OVER (PARTITION BY Salary ORDER BY Salary) as Row_Num

Emp. IDNameSalaryRow_Num
232Rakshit300001
543Rahul300002
124Aman400001
123Amit500001
453Sumit500002

3. What is a RANK() function? How is it different from ROW_NUMBER()?
– RANK() function gives ranking to a row based on the value on which you want to base your ranking. If there are equal values, then the rank will be repeated and the row following the repeated values will skip as many ranks as there are repeated values row. Confused?? Try out the example below:-

SELECT *, RANK() OVER (ORDER BY Salary) as Row_Num
FROM Employee

Output

Emp. IDNameSalaryRow_Num
232Rakshit300001
543Rahul300001
124Aman400003
123Amit500004
453Sumit500004

As you can see, the rank 2 has been skipped because there were two employees with the same Salary and the result is ordered in ascending order by default.

4. What is Dense Ranking?
– DENSE_RANK() is similar to the RANK() function but it does not skip any rank, so if there are two equal values then both will be termed as 1, the third value will be termed as 3 and not 2.

Syntax:-
SELECT *, DENSE_RANK() OVER (PARTITION BY Salary ORDER BY Salary) as Row_Num
FROM Employee

Output:-

Emp. IDNameSalaryRow_Num
232Rakshit300001
543Rahul300001
124Aman400003
123Amit500004
453Sumit500004
432Nihar600006

5. What is NTILE() function?
-NTILE() is similar to percentile NTILE(3) will divide the data in 3 parts.

SELECT *, NTILE() OVER (ORDER BY Salary) as Ntile
FROM Employee

The number of rows should be 6/3 = 2, therefore we need to divide the 2 rows for each percentile

Emp. IDNameSalaryNtile
232Rakshit300001
543Rahul300001
124Aman400002
123Amit500002
453Sumit500003
432Nihar600003

6. How to get the second highest salary from a table?
Select MAX(Salary)
from Employee
Where Salary NOT IN (SELECT MAX(Salary) from Employee)

7. Find the 3rd Maximum salary in the employee table
-Select distinct sal
from emp e1
where 3 = ((select count(distinct sal) from emp e2 where e1.sal <= e2.sal);

8. Get all employee detail from EmployeeDetail table whose “FirstName” not start with any single character between ‘a-p’
– SELECT *
FROM EmployeeDetail
WHERE FirstName like ‘[^a-p]%’

9. How to fetch only even rows from a table?
-The best way to do it is by adding a row number using ROW_NUMBER() and then pulling the alternate row number using row_num%2 = 0

Suppose, there are 3 columns in a table i.e. student_ID, student_Name, student_Grade. Pull the even rows

SELECT *
FROM ( SELECT *, ROW_NUMBER() OVER (ORDER BY student_ID) as row_num FROM student) x
WHERE x.row_num%2=0

10. How to fetch only odd rows from the same table?
-Simply apply the x.row_num%2 <> 0 to get the odd rows

SELECT *
FROM ( SELECT *, ROW_NUMBER() OVER (ORDER BY student_ID) as row_num FROM student) x
WHERE x.row_num%2 <> 0


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