On Fri, 16 Feb 2007, Alvaro Herrera wrote:

Jim C. Nasby wrote:
My suggestion would be to focus on a period data type first and
foremost, as that's something that could be readily used by a lot of
folks. Of particular note, it's difficult to query tables that have
start_time and end_time fields to define a period; it's easy to screw up
the boundary conditions, and it's also hard to make those queries
perform well without going to extra lengths (such as defining a 'bogus'
GiST index on something like box(point(start,start),point(end,end)). And
it's not possible to do that in a way that avoids floating points and
their errors.

FWIW there's already a type called tinterval that stores (start,end).  I
don't think it's very much documented; maybe it can be extended or used
as base for a new, more complete and robust type, indexable in a more
natural way, etc etc.

RI-Tree (Relational intervar tree)
looks promising for that purposes.

Oleg Bartunov, Research Scientist, Head of AstroNet (www.astronet.ru),
Sternberg Astronomical Institute, Moscow University, Russia
Internet: oleg@sai.msu.su, http://www.sai.msu.su/~megera/
phone: +007(495)939-16-83, +007(495)939-23-83

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