On Thu, Aug 28, 2003 at 19:50:38 -0700,
  Ken Geis <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> Bruno Wolff III wrote:
> >On Thu, Aug 28, 2003 at 17:10:31 -0700,
> >  Ken Geis <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> >
> >>The query I want to run is
> >>
> >>select stock_id, min(price_date) from day_ends group by stock_id;
> >
> >The fast way to do this is:
> >
> >select distinct on (stock_id) stock_id, price_date
> >  order by stock_id, price_date;
> 
> Not according to the optimizer!  Plus, this is not guaranteed to return 
> the correct results.

For it to be fast you need an index on (stock_id, price_date) so that
you can use an index scan.

The answers are guarenteed to be correct. See:
http://developer.postgresql.org/docs/postgres/sql-select.html#SQL-DISTINCT

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