What are single row and multiple row subqueries?

Single Row Sub Query

A single-row subquery is used when the outer query's results are based on a single, unknown value. Although this query type is formally called "single-row," the name implies that the query returns multiple columns-but only one row of results. However, a single-row subquery can return only one row of results consisting of only one column to the outer query.

In the below SELECT query, inner MySQL returns only one row i.e. the minimum salary for the company. It, in turn, uses this value to compare the salary of all the employees and displays only those, whose salary is equal to minimum salary.

SELECT first_name, salary, department_id
FROM employees
WHERE salary = (SELECT MIN (salary)
FROM employees);

A HAVING clause is used when the group results of a query need to be restricted based on some condition. If a subquery's result must be compared with a group function, you must nest the inner query in the outer query's HAVING clause.

SELECT department_id, MIN (salary)
FROM employees
GROUP BY department_id
HAVING MIN (salary) < (SELECT AVG (salary)
FROM employees)

Multiple Row Sub Query

Multiple-row subqueries are nested queries that can return more than one row of results to the parent query. Multiple-row subqueries are used most commonly in WHERE and HAVING clauses. Since it returns multiple rows, it must be handled by set comparison operators (IN, ALL, ANY).While IN operator holds the same meaning as discussed in the earlier chapter, ANY operator compares a specified value to each value returned by the subquery while ALL compares a value to every value returned by a subquery. The below query will show the error because single-row subquery returns multiple rows.

SELECT first_name, department_id FROM employees WHERE department_id = (SELECT department_id FROM employees WHERE LOCATION_ID = 100)
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