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Date:         Fri, 16 May 2008 11:09:17 -0400
Reply-To:     Mark Smolkin <marksmolkin@GMAIL.COM>
Sender:       "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         Mark Smolkin <marksmolkin@GMAIL.COM>
Subject:      SQL confusion
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Hi..I am fairly new to SQL and am confused by a sentence in the SAS 9.1 SQL Procedure User's Guide. The text below is from pg. 41 and I don't quite understand the second criteria mentioning the "where" clause. To examine it, I created fake data and I saw that I could use a summary function like "sum(cost)" as the lone item in the select clause, use a where clause that subsetted on an a separate variable, and still receive the correct overall sum without an error message. I am sure I am simply misinterpreting the sentence and so I was hoping somebody could set me straight....Appreciate the help!...


"In the previous example, PROC SQL combined information from multiple rows of data into a single row of output. Specifically, the world oil reserves for each country were combined to form a total for all countries. Combining, or rolling up, of rows occurs when

􀀀 the SELECT clause contains only columns that are specified within an aggregate function 􀀀 the WHERE clause, if there is one, contains only columns that are specified in the SELECT clause."

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