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From "Benedict (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CASSANDRA-8988) Optimise IntervalTree
Date Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:15:11 GMT


Benedict commented on CASSANDRA-8988:

bq. find2: binaryBoundarySearch ('binary' lets people know its complexity and that it needs
a sorted array immediately)

Boundary confuses me, whereas the argument Op makes it quite clear what you're asking for,
and we would have to call it binaryBoundarySearchAsymmetric which is much too verbose. We
could call it binarySearchAsymmetric() but I really don't think either this or compareAsymmetric
offer more than compare2 since they have their type info to convey this information. Succinctness
has its own rewards, and there is a tension between the two. That's my last statement on it
though, since I don't feel dramatically strongly, and if you're still convinced I'll bow to
your judgement.

bq. Might be worth renaming i, j to lower, upper as well.

Took me a while to figure out why this sentence confused me (and I think would make the code
less clear): lower/higher already have a meaning in the Op, and it is different to the meaning
you're ascribing here. By convention i <= j in algorithms (unless they span the same range,
or a different dataset, in which case it is just an order of declaration), so it conveys the
same information without any potential for confusion. Alternatively lb/ub are clearer (to

bq. inclusivei: acceptsEqual (or maybe lowerIncludesEqual). 'lt' could be called similarly
(if (c < acceptEqual) is not the clearest line of code, but it does help understand what's
going on).

How about strictnessOfLessThan? I don't think acceptsEqual is more descriptive than inclusivei,
but {{if (c < strictnessOfLessThan)}} seems to convey the right meaning.

bq. returni: selectBoundary. 

That works for me.

> Optimise IntervalTree
> ---------------------
>                 Key: CASSANDRA-8988
>                 URL:
>             Project: Cassandra
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Core
>            Reporter: Benedict
>            Assignee: Benedict
>            Priority: Minor
>             Fix For: 3.0
>         Attachments: 8988.txt
> We perform a lot of unnecessary comparisons in IntervalTree.IntervalNode.searchInternal.

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