Hi all, I have been reading the recent discussion and was researching a bit, and I think that we should really go with the idea of randomising the input data(if it is not completely presorted), to ensure that we do not get quadratic complexity.
One easy way to do that could be to take a sample of the data set, and take a pivot out of it. Still a better way could be to take multiple samples which are spread of the data set, select a value from each of them, and then take a cumulative pivot(median,maybe). Anyways, I really think that if we do not go with the above ideas, then, we should some how factor in the degree of randomness of the input data when making the decision between quicksort and external merge sort for a set of rows. This shouldn't be too complex, and should give us a fixed nlogn complexity even for wild data sets, without affecting existing normal data sets that are present in every day transactions. I even believe that those data sets will also benefit from the above optimisation. Thoughts/Comments? Regards, Atri Sent from my iPad -- Sent via pgsql-hackers mailing list (email@example.com) To make changes to your subscription: http://www.postgresql.org/mailpref/pgsql-hackers