Show the highest score from a distinct user mysql

I have a leaderboard page on my website and players can upload their scores to it multiple times. I only want the page to display the player once, with their highest score.

I've tried the following but it only seems to display the first instance of a score added by the player, not the highest.

SELECT leaderboard_scores.*, leaderboard_users.*, MAX(leaderboard_scores.scoreTotal) AS score
		FROM leaderboard_scores
		LEFT JOIN leaderboard_users ON leaderboard_scores.scoreUser = leaderboard_users.userID
		GROUP BY scoreUser
		ORDER BY score ASC

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There are 2 tables joined together for the scores and users.

Thanks,

Chris
djfenomAsked:
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ralmadaConnect With a Mentor Commented:
ok so try this

SELECT 	b.*, 
	a.*
from leaderboard_users a
inner join (
	select t1.* from leaderboard_scores t1
	where t1.scoreTotal = (select max(scoreTotal) from leaderboard_scores where scoreUser = t1.scoreUser)
) b on a.userID = b.scoreUser

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or using left join

SELECT 	b.*, 
	a.*
from leaderboard_users a
left join (
	select t1.* from leaderboard_scores t1
	where t1.scoreTotal = (select max(scoreTotal) from leaderboard_scores where scoreUser = t1.scoreUser)
) b on a.userID = b.scoreUser

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Brian PringleSystems Analyst II, SCM, ERPCommented:
Have you tried using the MAX() function on just that one table to make sure that it is working correctly?
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ralmadaCommented:
try

SELECT 	b.*, 
	a.*, 
from leaderboard_users a
inner join (select scoreUser, max(scoreTotal) mScoreTotal FROM leaderboard_scores group by ScoreUser) b on a.userID = b.scoreUser

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djfenomAuthor Commented:
I've checked that MAX function is working and it's definitely giving the highest score.

ralmada, should that just work as is? I'm getting the following error:

"You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near 'from leaderboard_users a inner join (select scoreUser, max(scoreTotal) scoreT' at line 3"
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Julian HansenCommented:
Misread question
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Julian HansenCommented:
This should work

SELECT MAX(leaderboard_score.scoreTotal), `leaderboard_users.scoreUser`
FROM leaderboard_users left join leaderboard_scores
on leaderboard_users.userID = leaderboard_scores.scoreUser
GROUP BY `leaderboard_users.userID`;

Without seeing your full schema not possible to say whether this will work - but if it does not then there is something in how you have strucutred yoru tables that is preventing it from working.


On test data here works as expected.
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ralmadaCommented:
extra comma there on the second line:

SELECT 	b.*, 
	a.*
from leaderboard_users a
inner join (select scoreUser, max(scoreTotal) mScoreTotal FROM leaderboard_scores group by ScoreUser) b on a.userID = b.scoreUser

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djfenomAuthor Commented:
julianH, couldn't get your way going.

ralmada, this works, however I have columns for scoreDate and scoreID from the leaderboard_scores table that I need to use also and these aren't showing up?
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Julian HansenCommented:
julianH, couldn't get your way going.

Did it fail or not return the right results.

The query posted works correctly against test data I constructed. If it does not return the right results then we need to see your schema to understand why but the query is correct for the problem stated.
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djfenomAuthor Commented:
Thanks ralmada, that's working now.

Cheers,

Chris
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Julian HansenCommented:
As an example please see this link to demonstrate the query

http://www.marcorpsa.com/ee/t251.php
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