Check out example codes for "mysql select and count left join". It will help you in understanding the concepts better.

Code Example 1

select
  t.Topic,
  t.Title,
  count(distinct s.starID) as StarCount,
  count(distinct m.User) as UserCount,
  count(distinct m.messageID) as MessageCount
from
  Topics t
  left join Messages m ON m.Topic = t.Topic
  left join Stars_Given s ON s.Topic = t.Topic
group by
  t.Topic,
  t.Title

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