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From Antony Blakey <>
Subject Re: slow views
Date Sun, 21 Dec 2008 12:42:10 GMT

On 21/12/2008, at 10:48 PM, Paul Davis wrote:

> On Sun, Dec 21, 2008 at 1:20 AM, Antony Blakey < 
> > wrote:
>> On 21/12/2008, at 3:25 PM, Paul Davis wrote:
>>> Hmm. I don't think so. Technically we could change the  
>>> implementation
>>> to feed reduce functions a single map-row at a time which would be
>>> O(N). Might end up violating some (incorrect) expectations of reduce
>>> input, but I'm pretty certain it shows that it's O(N).
>> But you have to combine it with previously reduced input, which means
>> fetching a number of previous results, with a cost that isn't clearly
>> related to N. Isn't the number of reductions needed to be combined  
>> is going
>> to be related to key distribution?
> Good point. I just woke up so the brain is working kinda slow, but are
> we describing best case and worst case scenarios too? If each key had
> exactly one row and it was group=true, then it'd be O(N). If it was
> group=false and every key was identical it'd be log(N). And then
> normal use cases are somewhere in the middle?

Where the original N was new rows, versus this N being total rows?

e.g. average case is O(new rows) + O(log old rows)

My complexity maths is weak.

Antony Blakey
CTO, Linkuistics Pty Ltd
Ph: 0438 840 787

In anything at all, perfection is finally attained not when there is  
no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to  
take away.
   -- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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