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I have four tables:

shops (shop,shop_id), products(product_id,date), sex(sex,product_id), users(user_id,prior_login)

shops.shop and shops.shop_id values are unique

I wish to COUNT the number of distinct shops for which at least one row in the products table exists such that shops.shop_id=products.shop_id, sex.product_id=products.product_id, products.date >= users.prior_login, users.user_id=22, and sex.sex=0.

Right now I am trying:

SELECT COUNT (shop_id) AS total_shops FROM shops
WHERE EXISTS (
SELECT * FROM
products, sex WHERE
shops.shop_id=products.shop_id AND
sex.product_id=products.product_id AND
sex.sex=0 AND
(products.date >= (SELECT
prior_login FROM
users WHERE
user_id = 22)))

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This produces a syntax error. What am I doing wrong?
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Question by:bitt3n
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by:macarrillo1
ID: 37730701
Your not joining your tables correctly. But to provide the correct syntax, I need to know are you using MySQL or SQL Server?
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by:macarrillo1
ID: 37730777
If you have SQL Server you can try:


SELECT COUNT (shop_id) AS total_shops
FROM shops
WHERE EXISTS(
SELECT *
FROM shops s inner join products p
on s.shop_id=p.shop_id
inner join sex x
on p.product_id=x.product_id
WHERE
x.sex=0 AND
(p.date >= (SELECT
prior_login FROM
users WHERE
user_id = 22)  ) )
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by:bitt3n
ID: 37730935
I am using MySQL. Looking at your query, I'm confused why it is not necessary to correlate 'shops s' in the EXISTS query with 'shops' in the outer query. (I tried using your query in MySQL but presumably there is some syntax difference between SQL Server and MySQL that prevents it from working.)
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by:bitt3n
ID: 37731009
it appears the problem was merely the space in 'COUNT (shop_id)', as when I remove this space, I get the expected result.

I'll leave this question open in case anyone wishes to suggest some other correction or improvement, but I assume the problem was just this stupid syntax mistake.
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macarrillo1 earned 2000 total points
ID: 37731012
Actually Shops is in the Exists query.  I am using an alias of 's'.  So instead of saying:
shops.shops_id
I can say
s.shops_id

Yes the syntax is different for MySLQ than for SQL Server.
 
Try:

SELECT COUNT (shop_id) AS total_shops
FROM shops
WHERE EXISTS (
SELECT *
FROM Products
Join Sex on  products.product_id=sex.product_id
Join Shops on products.shop_id=shops.shop_id
WHERE
sex.sex=0 AND
products.date >= (SELECT
prior_login FROM
users WHERE
user_id = 22)  
);
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