At 07:23 PM 1/20/2006, Tom Lane wrote:
>"Steinar H. Gunderson" <sgunderson(at)bigfoot(dot)com> writes:
> > On Fri, Jan 20, 2006 at 06:52:37PM -0500, Tom Lane wrote:
> >> It's also worth considering that the entire approach is a heuristic,
> >> really --- getting the furthest-apart pair of seeds doesn't guarantee
> >> an optimal split as far as I can see. Maybe there's some totally
> >> different way to do it.
> > For those of us who don't know what tsearch2/gist is trying to accomplish
> > here, could you provide some pointers? :-)
>Well, we're trying to split an index page that's gotten full into
>two index pages, preferably with approximately equal numbers of items in
>each new page (this isn't a hard requirement though).
Maybe we are over thinking this. What happens if we do the obvious
and just make a new page and move the "last" n/2 items on the full
page to the new page?
Various forms of "move the last n/2 items" can be tested here:
0= just split the table in half. Sometimes KISS works. O(1).
1= the one's with the highest (or lowest) "x" value.
2= the one's with the highest sum of coordinates (x+y+...= values in
the top/bottom n/2 of entries).
3= split the table so that each table has entries whose size_waste
values add up to approximately the same value.
4= I'm sure there are others.
1-5 can be done in O(n) time w/o auxiliary data. They can be done in
O(1) if we've kept track of the appropriate metric as we've built the
>I think the true figure of merit for a split is how often will
>subsequent searches have to descend into *both* of the resulting
>pages as opposed to just one
>--- the less often that is true, the better. I'm not very clear on
>what tsearch2 is doing with these bitmaps, but it looks like an
>upper page's downlink has the union (bitwise OR) of the one-bits in
>the values on the lower page, and you have to visit the lower page
>if this union has a nonempty intersection with the set you are
>looking for. If that's correct, what you really want is to divide
>the values so that the unions of the two sets have minimal overlap
>... which seems to me to have little to do with what the code does at present.
I'm not sure what "upper page" and "lower page" mean here?
>Teodor, Oleg, can you clarify what's needed here?
Ditto. Guys what is the real motivation and purpose for this code?
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