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From Pushpalanka Jayawardhana <>
Subject Using Cassandra Data Model Efficiently
Date Fri, 03 Aug 2012 08:02:46 GMT
Hi All,

I have a use case to store number of SMSes, number of Calls, total call
duration etc. made for particular phone numbers.
Later I want to make queries such as,

SELECT phone_number FROM  <> WHERE (no_of_sms>5 and no_of_calls>5) OR

Our first approach was to define a keyspace which has column families
dynamically created and indexed for each query having columns such as
Phone_number, No_of_SMS, No_of_Calls etc. We tried to use counter columns,
but failed as it doesn't support indexing. Then we went for standard
columns, did the counting manually, querying existing value and updating
it. But again it didn't support conditional queries as > and <.

Is Cassandra not supporting this kind of queries or is this a fault in data
modeling? I am from a relational database background and totally new to
this model. Going through Twissandra example I feel using the No_of SMSes
as the key is a solution here.

Can someone give some guidance or hints on how should this be modeled to
enable the query pattern or is this impossible?
Thanks in advance!


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