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How do we Calculate the Running Total or Cumulative Sum in Snowflake

To calculate the cumulative sum or running table, first, we will create a table that contains a  count column and a day column. Next, we will create the Common Table Expressions and use the “Windows” function for calculating the Running total or Cumulative sum. This blog will discuss creating CTE(Common Table Expressions) and using the “Windows” function.

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Snowflake - Calculate the Running Total or Cumulative Sum

First, we create the table with the day column and the count column:

select
to_date(start_date) as day,
count(2)
from sessions1
group by to_date(start_date);
DayCount
2022-06-032
2022-06-044
2022-06-056

After that, we will write the Snowflake CTE(Common Table Expressions) and utilize the window function for keeping the track of the running total or cumulative sum.

select 
to_date(start_date) as day,
count(2)
from sessions2
group by to_date(start_date);

with data as (
  select
    to_date(start_date) as day,
    count(2) as number_of_sessions
from sessions2
group by to_date(start_date)
)
select
   day,
   sum(number_of_sessions) over (order by day asc rows between unbounded preceding and current row)
from data;

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Conclusion

By the end of this blog, you can create the Common Table Expressions and use the Windows function for calculating the Running total or Cumulative sum. I hope this information is sufficient.

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Kalla Saikumar is a technology expert and is currently working as a Marketing Analyst at MindMajix. Write articles on multiple platforms such as Tableau, PowerBi, Business Analysis, SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle, and other courses. And you can join him on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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