On Tuesday 06 April 2004 21:25, Ken Geis wrote:
> I am trying to find an efficient way to draw a random sample from a
> complex query.  I also want it to be easy to use within my application.
> So I've defined a view that encapsulates the query.  The id in the
> "driving" table is exposed, and I run a query like:
> select * from stats_record_view
>   where id in (select id from driver_stats
>                 order by random()
>                 limit 30000);

How about a join?

stats_record_view s
(SELECT id FROM driver_stats ORDER BY random() LIMIT 30000) AS r
ON s.id = r.id;

Or, what about a cursor and fetch forward (or back?) a random number of rows 
before each fetch. That's probably not going to be so random though.

Also worth checking the various list archives - this has come up in the past, 
but some time ago.

  Richard Huxton
  Archonet Ltd

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