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From Glenn Rempe <>
Subject Help with complex key range query and map/reduce
Date Mon, 28 Sep 2009 05:41:38 GMT
Hello,  I am hoping the group can provide some guidance on building a  
map/reduce summary for a set of documents that I have retrieved with a  
complex key range query.

In summary, I want to query a range of docs by a complex key  
consisting of an [id, year, month, day, engine].  It is common for me  
to need to query over a range of dates with something along the lines  
of this (CouchRest Ruby code):

    sd = SearchDocument.by_ad_domain_histogram(:startkey => [3, 2009,  
9, 1, "g"], :endkey => [3, 2009, 9, 28, "g"], :include_docs =>  
false, :reduce => true)

In this example, I want all SearchDocuments that are for category '3'  
between 9/1/2009 and 9/28/2009, and for engine 'g'.

Now, this is working well and returning a range of docs.  So the  
tricky part (at least for me as a CouchDB n00b) is that each of these  
docs also has an 'ad_domain' value.  And what I want is to generate a  
simple histogram which groups all of these range of docs by the  
ad_domains found.  So I want to get back at the end of the day is  
something like:

{'' => 12, '' => 32, '' => 14}

This is what I am stuck on as I have not wrapped my head around map/ 
reduce in CouchDB quite yet.  I think this would be easier if I  
emitted the ad_domain at the end of the complex key if ALL of the  
parts of the key that I was querying on were the same.  But since I am  
querying on a range of keys I end up with a reduce spitting out  
multiple entries for '' since that domain was found across  
several days (unique complex keys) of results.

Is it possible to do what I want?

Here is a work in progress map/reduce, which doesn't do what I want  
yet.  Help in modifying it would be much appreciated (and tips for  
doing what I am already doing, only better!):

   view_by :ad_domain_histogram,
       :map =>
         'function(doc) {
           if( (doc["couchrest-type"] == "SearchDocument") &&  
doc.category_id && doc.searched_at && doc.engine) {
             var domain;
             if(doc.ad_domain == null){
                   new Date(Date.parse(doc.searched_at)).getFullYear(),
                   new Date(Date.parse(doc.searched_at)).getMonth() + 1,
                   new Date(Date.parse(doc.searched_at)).getDate(),
         :reduce =>
           "function(keys, values, rereduce) {
             return sum(values);

Thanks very much in advance,


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