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Performance of IN (...) vs. = ANY array[...]

From: Benjamin Minshall <minshall(at)intellicon(dot)biz>
To: pgsql-performance(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Performance of IN (...) vs. = ANY array[...]
Date: 2006-09-15 19:12:07
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I'm running 8.1.4, and have noticed major differences in execution time 
for plpgsql functions running queries that differ only in use of an 
array such as:

slower_function( vals integer[] )
	[query] WHERE id = ANY vals;

faster_function( vals integer[] )
	vals_text := array_to_string( vals, ',' )
	EXECUTE '[query] WHERE id IN (' || vals_text || ')';

In general, there are about 10 integers in the lookup set on average and 
50 max.

What are the advantages or disadvantages of using arrays in this 
situation?  The = ANY array method makes plpgsql development cleaner, 
but seems to really lack performance in certain cases.  What do you 
recommend as the preferred method?

Thanks for your comments.

Benjamin Minshall <minshall(at)intellicon(dot)biz>
Senior Developer -- Intellicon, Inc.


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