Chester Ismay
Chester Ismay

Curriculum Lead, DataCamp

Chester builds (and helps instructors build) R and SQL courses for DataCamp. He obtained a PhD in Statistics from Arizona State University and has taught courses and led workshops in mathematics, computer science, statistics, data science, and sociology. He is co-author of the fivethirtyeight R package and author of the thesisdown R package. He is also a co-author of ModernDive, an open source textbook for introductory statistics and data science students using R.

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    Colin Ricardo

Course Description

Now that you've learned the basics of SQL in our Intro to SQL for Data Science course, it's time to supercharge your queries using joins and relational set theory! In this course you'll learn all about the power of joining tables while exploring interesting features of countries and their cities throughout the world. You will master inner and outer joins, as well as self-joins, semi-joins, anti-joins and cross joins - fundamental tools in any PostgreSQL wizard's toolbox. You'll fear set theory no more, after learning all about unions, intersections, and except clauses through easy-to-understand diagrams and examples. Lastly, you'll be introduced to the power of through the challenging topic of subqueries. You will see a visual perspective to grasp the ideas throughout the course using the mediums of Venn diagrams and other linking illustrations.

  1. 1

    Introduction to joins


    In this chapter, you'll be introduced to the concept of joining tables, and explore the different ways you can enrich your queries using inner joins and self-joins. You'll also see how to use the case statement to split up a field into different categories.

  2. Outer joins and cross joins

    In this chapter, you'll come to grips with different kinds of outer joins. You'll learn how to gain further insights into your data through left joins, right joins, and full joins. In addition to outer joins, you'll also work with cross joins.

  3. Set theory clauses

    In this chapter, you'll learn more about set theory using Venn diagrams and you will be introduced to union, union all, intersect, and except clauses. You'll finish by investigating semi-joins and anti-joins, which provide a nice introduction to subqueries.

  4. Subqueries

    In this closing chapter, you'll learn how to use nested queries to add some finesse to your data insights. You'll also wrap all of the content covered throughout this course into solving three challenge problems.