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use count within a join query?

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I would like to write two related queries.  

The first tells me, for each row in SALES_REPS, how many customers each rep is responsible for (how many rows in CUSTOMERS have SALES_REPS.repid = CUSTOMERS.repid).  If I call these values 'customer counts', then I also want a second query that tallies the customer counts (5 employees have 25 customers, 8 employees have 32 customers, 18 employees have 28 customers, etc.).

I can calculate the values in code walking through the result set, but I would prefer to bring the results directly out of a SQL statement.

Thanks for any help.
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by:Mr_Peerapol
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SELECT s.*, (SELECT COUNT(*) FROM CUSTOMERS WHERE SALES_REPS.repid = CUSTOMERS.repid) AS [customer counts] FROM SALES_REPS

SELECT (SELECT COUNT(*) FROM SALES_REPS), (SELECT COUNT(*) FROM CUSTOMERS)
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Sorry, the first one should be:

SELECT *, (SELECT COUNT(*) FROM CUSTOMERS WHERE SALES_REPS.repid = CUSTOMERS.repid) AS [customer counts] FROM SALES_REPS
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by:folderol
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Try:

select
case grouping(SALES_REPS.repid) when 0 then SALES_REPS.repid else 'Total Count of Reps' end,
replist.Cust_count,
count(SALES_REPS.repid) as 'Rep_count'
from
SALES_REPS join
(
select
CUSTOMERS.repid, Count(CUSTOMERS.repid) as 'Cust_count'
from CUSTOMERS
group by CUSTOMERS.repid
) as replist on SALES_REPS.repid = replist.repid

group by SALES_REPS.repid, replist.Cust_count with rollup
order by replist.Cust_count desc

Since each rep can have only one value for customer count, the double group by has no effect other than triggering the rollup on both columns.  

Rollup sometimes returns more rows than you want or need but there are techniques for removing them from the results.

Tom
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This one is perfect for counting the number of customers each rep has:

SELECT *, (SELECT COUNT(*) FROM CUSTOMERS WHERE SALES_REPS.repid = CUSTOMERS.repid) AS [customer counts] FROM SALES_REPS

To find out how many reps have 10 customers, and how many have 11, etc., I get the following error when running the solution by folderol:

Syntax error converting the varchar value 'Total Count of Reps' to a column of data type int.
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Just remove that line
case grouping(SALES_REPS.repid) when 0 then SALES_REPS.repid else 'Total Count of Reps' end,
and put

SALES_REPS.repid,

in its place.  OR, change it to

case grouping(SALES_REPS.repid) when 0 then SALES_REPS.LAST_NAME else 'Total Count of Reps' end,

or other varchar field in SALES_REPS table.



Below is a simplified query to just return the 2nd part of your post.
--------
select
replist.Cust_count,
count(SALES_REPS.repid) as 'Rep_count'
from
(
select
CUSTOMERS.repid, Count(CUSTOMERS.repid) as 'Cust_count'
from CUSTOMERS
group by CUSTOMERS.repid
) as replist
group by replist.Cust_count with rollup
order by replist.Cust_count desc


Tom.
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by:ottenm
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That's them!  Awesome!! Thank you very much!
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