SQL for Beginners and Data Analyst – Chapter 13: Filter results using WHERE and HAVING

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SQL (Structured Query Language) is a powerful tool used by data analysts and database administrators to manage and manipulate data in a database. In this article, we will focus on how to filter results in SQL using the WHERE and HAVING clauses.

WHERE clause

The WHERE clause is used to filter data from a table based on specific conditions. For example, if you want to see all the orders made by a specific customer, you can use the WHERE clause to filter the data. The syntax for the WHERE clause is:

SELECT column1, column2, ... 
FROM table_name 
WHERE condition;

The condition in the WHERE clause can be a comparison between two values, such as equality (e.g. column = value), inequality (e.g. column != value), or a range of values (e.g. column BETWEEN value1 AND value2). You can also combine multiple conditions using logical operators such as AND and OR.

HAVING clause

The HAVING clause is used to filter data after it has been grouped by one or more columns. The HAVING clause is often used in combination with the GROUP BY clause, which groups the data based on one or more columns. The syntax for the HAVING clause is:

SELECT column1, SUM(column2), ... 
FROM table_name 
GROUP BY column1 
HAVING condition;

The condition in the HAVING clause is similar to the WHERE clause, but it applies to the grouped data rather than the individual rows. For example, if you want to see the total sales of each product category, but only for categories with total sales over a certain amount, you can use the GROUP BY and HAVING clauses.


The WHERE and HAVING clauses are important tools for filtering data in SQL. By using these clauses, you can easily manipulate data and get the information you need to make informed decisions. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced data analyst, understanding these clauses will help you get the most out of your data.

SQL for Beginners and Data Analyst – Chapter 13: Filter results using WHERE and HAVING

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