Distinct and count for same table in a single query.

I have table called [machine] with columns id and mach_model. If I query

 SELECT count(mach_model) FROM machine WHERE mach_model like '%etp%'


...the rows affected are 200. For the same query, if I filter with '%ttp%', the rows effected are 400. I need to write a query to get the following output:

 mach_type | count
 etp       | 200
 ttp       | 300

I want distinct and count for the same table simultaneously.


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When I first read your title, I was expecting the answer to be to use GROUP BY, but that won't work with the wildcard values you specified. If you want exactly what you specified, this should work:

     mach_type = 'etp'
   , [count] = COUNT(*)
 FROM machine m
 WHERE m.mach_model LIKE '%etp%'
     mach_type = 'ttp'
   , [count] = COUNT(*)
 FROM machine m
 WHERE m.mach_model LIKE '%ttp%'

Not knowing your data, I have a few concerns. First, I don't know if "etp" and "ttp" can occur in the same mach_type value. The above method would count a row twice if it did contain both codes. Second, whenever I see wildcard searches like that I wonder if it could find false positives. Without delimiters around the "etp" or "ttp", what words might be accidentally found? You can find "bulletproof" and other matches here.

Is there a better way to group by machine type? Is the code in the same position (i.e. characters 10-12) all of the time? I'm wondering if perhaps a computed column for the code would make things easier. If you could, for example, have mach_type_code be some computed column of just the code on which you want to count rows for each distinct value, you could do this:

 SELECT mach_type_code, COUNT(*)
 FROM machine
 GROUP BY mach_type_code
 ORDER BY mach_type_code

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answered Dec 24, 2015 at 12:12 PM

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