Thread: AVERAGE within time restraints, within intervals

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Unanswered: AVERAGE within time restraints, within intervals

Hell0,

I have a need to get the average values of a field within user defined time intervals, between user defined datetime's.

Ex.

I need the average of the temperature from 11-20-2011 01:00:00(startDate) to 11-22-2011 1:00:00(endDate), in 2 hour intervals.

So the query would be averaging for 2 hours, then the next 2 hours until it reaches the endDate.

So far I have figured out the problem using php and while loops but I would rather execute this with one query rather than potentially querying the database 1000 times.

So far:

SELECT date_time, AVG(input_calibrated)
FROM inputs
WHERE
(date_time BETWEEN \$startDate and \$endDate)
AND
(chan_id = \$chan_id)

I guess what I really need is a way to get some sort of while loop within the query to run changing the the BETWEEN dates until the endDate is reached.

And direction would be appreciated.

Thank you

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Id have a look at the GROUP BY sub clause, along with the MySQL date time functions
rather than do this as a series of selects within a loop

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You need to look at this problem slightly differently. For example, the periods that you are looking for are as follows:

11-20-2011 01:00:00 until 11-22-2011 1:00:00 in two hour intervals

If you convert the date to the format YYYYMMDD and the time to simply the hour HH then we can do something

SELECT Date_format(date_time, '%Y%m%d'),
Floor(( Date_format('%H') - 1 ) / 2),
Avg(input_calibrated)
FROM inputs
WHERE ( date_time BETWEEN \$startdate AND \$enddate )
AND ( chan_id = \$chan_id )
GROUP BY Date_format(date_time, '%Y%m%d'),
Floor(( Date_format('%H') - 1 ) / 2);

Basically we subtract 1 from the hour and then divide by 2. So 01:00 will return FLOOR((1-1)/2) or 0, 02:00 will return FLOOR((2-1)/2) or 0, 03:00 will return 1 and so on. As we are grouping by the date and the interval you will have all the results returned for every two hour period between the intervals selected.

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