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Re: wip: functions median and percentile

From: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: Greg Stark <gsstark(at)mit(dot)edu>
Cc: Pavel Stehule <pavel(dot)stehule(at)gmail(dot)com>, PostgreSQL Hackers <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>, David Fetter <david(at)fetter(dot)org>
Subject: Re: wip: functions median and percentile
Date: 2010-08-19 15:33:13
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Greg Stark <gsstark(at)mit(dot)edu> writes:
> On Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 11:59 AM, Pavel Stehule <pavel(dot)stehule(at)gmail(dot)com> wrote:
>> I am sending a prototype implementation of functions median and
>> percentile. This implementation is very simple and I moved it to
>> contrib for this moment - it is more easy maintainable. Later I'll
>> move it to core.

> So if the entire result set fits in memory it would be nice to use the
> O(n) Quickselect algorithm -- which would only be a small change to
> the existing Quicksort code -- instead of sorting the entire set.

That seems like rather a lot of added infrastructure for functions whose
popularity is at best unknown.  I think we should KISS for the first

			regards, tom lane

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