Snowflake Group By


Snowflake Group By

Mastering Data Aggregation with Snowflake’s GROUP BY

In data analysis, the ability to group and summarize data is essential. Snowflake, a powerful cloud-based data warehouse, provides a robust GROUP BY clause to handle this task precisely. In this blog, we’ll dive into Snowflake’s GROUP BY fundamentals and explore how to leverage it effectively.

What is GROUP BY?

The GROUP BY clause in SQL divides a result set into logical groups based on one or more columns. After grouping, you can apply aggregate functions (like SUM, COUNT, AVG, MIN, or MAX) to each group, providing summarized information rather than individual rows.

Basic GROUP BY Syntax

The fundamental structure of a Snowflake GROUP BY query is as follows:


SELECT column1, column2, aggregate_function(column3)

FROM table_name

GROUP BY column1, column2;

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Let’s illustrate with an example:

Suppose you have a table named “sales” containing columns like “region,” “product_category,” and “sales_amount.” To calculate total sales for each region and product category combination, you’d use this query:


SELECT region, product_category, SUM(sales_amount) AS total_sales

FROM sales

GROUP BY region, product_category;

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Key Points to Remember

  • Order Matters: The order of columns in the GROUP BY clause significantly impacts the grouping.
  • Where to Use:
    • GROUP BY usually follows the WHERE clause (which filters data before grouping).
    • GROUP BY comes before the ORDER BY clause (which sorts the final result).

Advanced GROUP BY Techniques

  1. GROUP BY with HAVING: The HAVING clause lets you filter the groups themselves based on the calculations performed by aggregate functions.
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  3. SELECT region, product_category, SUM(sales_amount) AS total_sales
  4. FROM sales
  5. GROUP BY region, product_category
  6. HAVING SUM(sales_amount) > 50000; 
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  9. GROUP BY ROLLUP:  ROLLUP generates subtotals at multiple levels of a hierarchy within your grouping columns.
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  11. SELECT region, product_category, SUM(sales_amount) AS total_sales
  12. FROM sales
  13. GROUP BY ROLLUP (region, product_category);
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  16. GROUP BY CUBE: Similar to ROLLUP, CUBE produces subtotals for all possible combinations of the grouping columns.
  17. GROUPING SETS lets you specify multiple grouping combinations within a query.
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  19. SELECT region, product_category, SUM(sales_amount) AS total_sales
  20. FROM sales
  21. GROUP BY GROUPING SETS ( (region), (product_category), (region, product_category) );
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GROUP BY in Action

The GROUP BY clause is a cornerstone of data analysis. Everyday use cases include:

  • Calculating sales totals by region, product, or period.
  • Finding the number of customers in each country.
  • Identifying the average order value per customer segment.
  • Determining the maximum and minimum salaries for each job title.

Beyond the Basics

As your data analysis skills grow, consider exploring Snowflake’s GROUPING function to pinpoint which rows were part of a subtotal calculation and window functions for advanced calculations within groups.

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