I am trying to get a distinct set of rows from 2 tables.
After looking at someone else's query I noticed they were doing a group by
to obtain the unique list.
After comparing on multiple machines with several tables, it seems using
group by to obtain a distinct list is substantially faster than using
Is there any dissadvantage of using "group by" to obtain a unique list?
On a small dataset the difference was about 20% percent.
HashAggregate (cost=369.61..381.12 rows=1151 width=8) (actual
time=76.641..85.167 rows=2890 loops=1)
Unique (cost=1088.23..1174.53 rows=1151 width=8) (actual
time=90.516..140.123 rows=2890 loops=1)
Although I don't have the numbers here with me, a simmilar result was
obtaining against a query that would return 100,000 rows. 20% and more
speed differnce between "group by" over "select distinct".
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