> Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2012 14:12:45 -0700> Subject: Re: [HACKERS] Gsoc2012 Idea 
> --- Social Network database schema
> From: neil.con...@gmail.com
> To: huangq...@hotmail.com
> CC: dan...@heroku.com; j...@agliodbs.com; pgsql-hackers@postgresql.org
> 2012/3/19 Qi Huang <huangq...@hotmail.com>:
> >> I actually tried to find out, personally...not sure if I was searching
> >> wrongly, but searching for TABLESAMPLE did not yield a cornucopia of
> >> useful conversations at the right time in history (~2007), even when
> >> the search is given a broad date-horizon (all), so I, too, an
> >> uninformed as to the specific objections.
> >>
> >> http://www.postgresql.org/search/?m=1&q=TABLESAMPLE&l=&d=-1&s=d
> >
> > I sent a mail to Nail Conway asking him about this. Hope he could give a
> > good answer.
> I never tried to get TABLESAMPLE support into the main PostgreSQL tree
> -- I just developed the original code as an exercise for the purposes
> of the talk. Implementing TABLESAMPLE would probably be a reasonable
> GSoc project.
> My memory of the details is fuzzy, but one thing to check is whether
> the approach taken by my patch (randomly choose heap pages and then
> return all the live tuples in a chosen page) actually meets the
> standard's requirements -- obviously it is not true that each heap
> page has the same number of live tuples, so you aren't getting a truly
> random sample.
> Neil

Thanks so much, Neil. I think I kind of understand the situation for now. The 
implementation posted by Neil was for the purpose of the talk, thus rushed and 
may not be up to standard of Postgres Community. Also Neil mentioned the PRNG 
state in the patch is buggy, and maybe also some others. Thus, in the Gsoc 
project, I could understand the details of Neil's implementation, fix the bugs, 
make the code fit for the community standard, and test. Is there any comment on 

Best Regards and ThanksHuang Qi VictorComputer Science of National University 
of Singapore


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