Laptop vs Mobile Viewership — New York Times Asked SQL Question

  • Post last modified:December 15, 2022
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  • In this article we will solve Laptop vs Mobile Viewership SQL question which is asked by New York Times as per DataLemur website.

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  • We have been given viewership as input table , our goal is to find total_number views by device (mobile and laptop).
  • Fyi, Mobile devices are combined of tablet and phone.


  • we can basically filter input viewership table based on condition such as laptop or phone or tablet.
  • Best way to achieve this using case when in SQL, and count each case using count() aggregation .
  count(case when device_type = 'laptop' then device_type end) as laptop_views,
  count(case when device_type = 'tablet' or device_type = 'phone' then device_type end) as mobile_views
from viewership
  • If we execute above sql query we will get our output, its that simple!


  • Our solution is accepted when we submit it on the platform.


  • In this article we solved very easy SQL problem that was asked by NYT. It’s good to understand how we can execute if else in sql . basically SQL provides Case when approach to filter conditional logic.

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