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SQL Substring Case Condition

I’m trying to solve the following question on SQLPAD.

Write a query to return the number of actors whose first name starts with ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, or others. The order of your results doesn’t matter. You need to return 2 columns: The first column is the group of actors based on the first letter of their first_name, use the following: ‘a_actors’, ‘b_actors’, ‘c_actors’, ‘other_actors’ to represent their groups. Second column is the number of actors whose first name matches the pattern.

Table: actor

  col_name   | col_type
-------------+--------------------------
 actor_id    | integer
 first_name  | text
 last_name   | text

Sample results

actor_category | count
----------------+-------
 a_actors       |    13
 b_actors       |     8

So far I’ve tried this:

select  CONCAT(substring(lower(first_name), 2, 1), '_actors') as actor_category , count(*)
FROM actor
group by actor_category

Not sure how to check the others condition.

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Answer

you need this. The question actually says specific for a,b,c and others. You are not doing specific for a.b.c

with getFistChar AS
(
    select substring(LOWER(first_name), 1, 1) ac
    from actor
)
select CONCAT(ac, '_actors')actor_category, COUNT(1)count
from getFistChar
where ac in ('a', 'b', 'c')
Group By actor_category
UNION
select 'other_actors'actor_category, sum(1)
from getFistChar
where ac not in ('a', 'b', 'c')
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