I am fetching records from one table with count of one field with other field as name. I want only 10 records. out of which 9 records give me field and its count. but i want to show 10 record as "Others" with all remaining fields with count. This is something like wrapping records. Something like below is table contents.

emp_id | designation

 1   |   software Engg.

 2   |   software Engg.

 3   |   Project Manager

not less than 10 designation.

And I want to show first 10 records as
Software Engineers  20
Project Manager     5
Others    50

Is there any way to make SQL Query for mysql db so that it will be fast and save time in application level where I am adding up record counts for "Others" ?

Please suggest how I can make it possible in effective way.

  • So can I ask, is there a reason to not do this in the application code? It may be more maintainable to future devs for this to be written as a for loop in the code. This is only a question, not a criticism.
    – jcolebrand
    Feb 6, 2011 at 20:35
  • wouldn't the logic be much easier to just separate it out into it's own query. SELECT ... FROM blah WHERE ... LIMIT 9; and SELECT COUNT() FROM blah WHERE ...; and just subtract 9 from the count? adding a lot of logic into the query may negatively impact speed compared to two separate queries.
    – Patrick
    Feb 8, 2011 at 0:42
  • 1
    @Patrick, drachenstern.... Adding all remaining records for creating record for "Other" is well work if those remaining records are less. what if there are 10k of remaining records. if I run for-loop to add count of rows in application layer then it would be definitely slow.
    – Kammy
    Feb 8, 2011 at 8:48
  • I think doing a COUNT() in SQL is pretty fast. I don't have any data but I think a COUNT() would be alot faster than all the logic in Marian's answer
    – Patrick
    Feb 8, 2011 at 13:42

2 Answers 2


Suggestion 1

How about (untested)

SELECT designation, count(*)
  FROM designations 

UNION SELECT "Others" designation, COUNT(*) 
        FROM designations
       WHERE designation NOT IN (
               SELECT designation
               FROM designations 
               GROUP BY designation 
               ORDER BY COUNT(*) DESC 
               LIMIT 9 )

Suggestion 2

This one is tested. It uses MySQL-specific variables. It's efficient.

SET @n=0;

SELECT IF(row_number<10, designation,'Others') name,
       sum(c) AS occurances
  (SELECT designation, c, @n:=@n+1 row_number
     (SELECT designation,
             count(*) c
      FROM designations
      GROUP BY designation
      ORDER BY count(*) DESC) t1) t2
GROUP BY IF(row_number<10,row_number,10);

I'm not familiar with the MySQL flavor of the language, but I'm going to show you my solution in T-SQL (sql server).

WITH cities (Cnt, CountryCode, Id) AS (
  SELECT TOP 100 PERCENT COUNT(c.CityId) AS Cnt, c.CountryCode, ROW_NUMBER() OVER (ORDER BY COUNT(c.CityId) desc) AS ID
  FROM dbo.City c
  GROUP BY c.CountryCode
  ORDER BY 1 desc
SELECT c.Cnt, c.CountryCode
FROM Cities c
WHERE c.id <= 9
SELECT SUM(cnt), 'Others' AS CountryCode
FROM Cities
WHERE id > 9

I wrote the code using one of my tables - City(CityId, CountryCode) and I know that the biggest challenge will be not to translate the query using your table, but to translate it to work in MySQl, because I don't know if there are CTEs there (CTE = common table expression, something like tables in memory built with keyword WITH).

  • MySQL does not support the 'WITH' clause, or CTE's (see this MySQL bug. You'll need to move this to being an inline view instead.
    – TML
    Aug 23, 2011 at 20:11
  • No CTEs, no analytic functions, like ROW_NUMBER(). It's a challenge to translate. May 31, 2012 at 14:29

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