## Average posts per hour on MySQL?

I have a number of posts saved into a InnoDB table on MySQL. The table has the columns “id”, “date”, “user”, “content”. I wanted to make some statistic graphs, so I ended up using the following query to get the amount of posts per hour of yesterday:
SELECT HOUR(FROM_UNIXTIME(`date`)) AS `hour`, COUNT(date) from fb_posts
WHERE DATE(FROM_UNIXTIME(`date`)) = CURDATE() – INTERVAL 1 DAY GROUP BY hour

This outputs the following data:

I can edit this query to get any day I want. But what I want now is the AVERAGE of each hour of every day, so that if on Day 1 at 00 hours I have 20 posts and on Day 2 at 00 hours I have 40, I want the output to be “30”. I’d like to be able to pick date periods as well if it’s possible.

### Solution 1:

You can use a sub-query to group the data by day/hour, then take the average by hour across the sub-query.

Here’s an example to give you the average count by hour for the past 7 days:

``````select the_hour,avg(the_count)
from
(
select date(from_unixtime(`date`)) as the_day,
hour(from_unixtime(`date`)) as the_hour,
count(*) as the_count
from fb_posts
where `date` >= unix_timestamp(current_date() - interval 7 day)
and created_on < unix_timestamp(current_date())
group by the_day,the_hour
) s
group by the_hour
``````

### Solution 2:

Aggregate the information by date and hour, and then take the average by hour:

``````select hour, avg(numposts)
from (SELECT date(`date`) as day, HOUR(FROM_UNIXTIME(`date`)) AS `hour`,
count(*) as numposts
from fb_posts
WHERE DATE(FROM_UNIXTIME(`date`)) between <date1> and <date2>
GROUP BY date(`date`), hour
) d
group by hour
order by 1
``````

By the way, I prefer including the explicit order by, since most databases do not order the results of a group by. Mysql happens to be one database that does.

### Solution 3:

``````SELECT
HOUR(FROM_UNIXTIME(`date`)) AS `hour`
, COUNT(`id`) \ COUNT(DISTINCT TO_DAYS(`date`)) AS avgHourlyPostCount
FROM fb_posts
WHERE `date` > '2012-01-01' -- your optional date criteria
GROUP BY hour
``````

This gives you a count of all the posts, divided by the number of days, by hour.