Amazon Redshift
Database Developer Guide (API Version 2012-12-01)

Nested Data Use Cases

You can combine the extensions described previously with the usual SQL features. The following use cases illustrate some common combinations. These examples help demonstrate how you can use nested data. They aren't part of the tutorial.

Ingesting Nested Data

You can use a CREATE TABLE AS statement to ingest data from an external table that contains complex data types. The following query extracts all customers and their phone numbers from the external table, using LEFT JOIN, and stores them in the Amazon Redshift table CustomerPhones.

CREATE TABLE CustomerPhones AS SELECT,, p AS phone FROM spectrum.customers c LEFT JOIN c.phones p ON true

Aggregating Nested Data with Subqueries

You can use a subquery to aggregate nested data. The following example illustrates this approach.

SELECT,, (SELECT COUNT(*) FROM c.orders o) AS ordercount FROM spectrum.customers c

The following data is returned.

given | family | ordercount --------|----------|-------------- Jenny | Doe | 0 John | Smith | 2 Andy | Jones | 1 (3 rows)


When you aggregate nested data by grouping by the parent row, the most efficient way is the one shown in the previous example. In that example, the nested rows of c.orders are grouped by their parent row c. Alternatively, if you know that id is unique for each customer and o.shipdate is never null, you can aggregate as shown in the following example. However, this approach generally isn't as efficient as the previous example.

SELECT,, COUNT(o.shipdate) AS ordercount FROM spectrum.customers c LEFT JOIN c.orders o ON true GROUP BY,,

You can also write the query by using a subquery in the FROM clause that refers to an alias (c) of the ancestor query and extracts array data. The following example demonstrates this approach.

SELECT,, s.count AS ordercount FROM spectrum.customers c, (SELECT count(*) AS count FROM c.orders o) s

Joining Amazon Redshift and Nested Data

You can also join Amazon Redshift data with nested data in an external table. For example, suppose that you have the following nested data in Amazon S3.

CREATE EXTERNAL TABLE spectrum.customers2 ( id int, name struct<given:varchar(20), family:varchar(20)>, phones array<varchar(20)>, orders array<struct<shipdate:timestamp, item:int>> )

Suppose also that you have the following table in Amazon Redshift.

CREATE TABLE prices ( id int, price double precision )

The following query finds the total number and amount of each customer's purchases based on the preceding. The following example is only an illustration. It only returns data if you have created the tables described previously.

SELECT,, COUNT( AS ordercount, SUM(p.price) AS ordersum FROM spectrum.customers2 c, c.orders o, prices p ON o.item = GROUP BY,,