Imagine I have a table like:

games (
    scores INTEGER[]

And it had values


I'd like to do arbitrary aggregations on that array.

For example, how would I do SELECT SUM(scores) AS total FROM games? Or an average? Or a max?

I'd like to get out:


I tried SELECT SUM(UNNEST(scores)) AS total FROM games but that gave ERROR: aggregate function calls cannot contain set-returning function calls.

1 Answer 1


You need a scalar subquery:

select (select sum(i)
        from unnest(scores) as x(i)) as total
from games;

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