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Re: wip: functions median and percentile

From: Pavel Stehule <pavel(dot)stehule(at)gmail(dot)com>
To: Hitoshi Harada <umi(dot)tanuki(at)gmail(dot)com>
Cc: Greg Stark <gsstark(at)mit(dot)edu>, Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>, Dean Rasheed <dean(dot)a(dot)rasheed(at)gmail(dot)com>, Robert Haas <robertmhaas(at)gmail(dot)com>, David Fetter <david(at)fetter(dot)org>, PostgreSQL Hackers <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: wip: functions median and percentile
Date: 2010-10-12 08:44:20
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2010/10/12 Hitoshi Harada <umi(dot)tanuki(at)gmail(dot)com>:
> 2010/10/12 Pavel Stehule <pavel(dot)stehule(at)gmail(dot)com>:
>> Hello
>> 2010/10/11 Greg Stark <gsstark(at)mit(dot)edu>:
>>> On Sun, Oct 10, 2010 at 2:16 PM, Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us> wrote:
>>>> It was pointed out upthread that while median isn't presently
>>>> in the standard, Oracle defines it in terms of percentile_cont(0.5)
>>>> which *is* in the standard.
>>> Uhmm, then why don't we implement that? We could provide median() as a
>>> short-cut but percentile_cont() doesn't sound much harder to implement
>>> than median() and more general.
>> The problem is in interface. The original patch did it, but I removed
>> it. We cannot to unsure immutability of some parameters now. Can we
>> enhance a AGGREGATE to allow some mark like IMMUTABLE parameter and
>> probably we should to support ANSI syntax:
>> PERCENTILE_CONT ( expression1 )
>> WITHIN GROUP ( ORDER BY expression2 [ ASC | DESC ] )
>> This syntax allows to divide a muttable and immutable parameters.
> If this is only a syntax sugar for mutable/immutable parameter, then I
> guess it's time to take it serious to implement in our syntax,
> although I'm not sure if it affects more execution model than
> interface.

I though about it, the question is an interface for PL languages.
There are not problem for C.


Pavel Stehule

> Regards,
> --
> Hitoshi Harada

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