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COUNT Function


The COUNT function returns the number of instances in the query results with an entered expression. It also calculates the number of attributes that have a collection attribute and object domain (user-defined class or multimedia class). If the expression is specified in the brace, only instances that are not NULL can be counted. If wildcard (*) is specified, however, all instances are counted even though some instances are duplicated or having NULL. In addition, COUNT function never returns NULL, only returns numbers.


COUNT ( * | [ DISTINCT | UNIQUE | ALL ] expression )

The COUNT function returns the number of instances for an expression in the parentheses. All instances that meet the conditions of the WHERE clause can be counted by specifying a wildcard (*) symbol. A unique value can be counted by specifying a DISTINCT or UNIQUE keyword before the expression.

  • expression : Specifies the expression to calculate the number.
  • ALL : Used to calculate the number of all the instances of a given expression (default).
  • DISTINCT or UNIQUE : Gets the number of unique values without duplicates.

The following is an example of returning the number of Olympic Games that had a mascot.

FROM olympic

Result : 9