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From "Eric Gaudet (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Updated: (PIG-795) Command that selects a random sample of the rows, similar to LIMIT
Date Thu, 30 Apr 2009 23:23:31 GMT

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Eric Gaudet updated PIG-795:
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    Attachment: sample2.diff

This patch implements the SAMPLE command. It basically add a random sample mode to the LIMIT
class. 

The syntax is like LIMIT: "a = SAMPLE x", where x is an integer and 0<=x<=100. Each
row will be selected if rand()<(x/100).

Example:

    a = LOAD 'mybigdata'
    b = SAMPLE 5
    ...

will select 5% of the data.



> Command that selects a random sample of the rows, similar to LIMIT
> ------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: PIG-795
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/PIG-795
>             Project: Pig
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: impl
>            Reporter: Eric Gaudet
>            Priority: Trivial
>         Attachments: sample2.diff
>
>
> When working with very large data sets (imagine that!), running a pig script can take
time. It may be useful to run on a small subset of the data in some situations (eg: debugging
/ testing, or to get fast results even if less accurate.) 
> The command "LIMIT N" selects the first N rows of the data, but these are not necessarily
randomzed. A command "SAMPLE X" would retain the row only with the probability x%.
> Note: it is possible to implement this feature with FILTER BY and an UDF, but so is LIMIT,
and limit is built-in.

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