So I have a table with about 50 million entries in it, I have to do a keyword search.


The keyword search is done on the title of the entry.  For example a entry could be "This is a title string which could be searched"


I have tried a few ways to search but I get horrible search times.  Some keywords will come up with matches as big as .25 million but most are around 1000-5000.


I use an index which narrows the table down to about 1.5-2million entries.


I used 2 tables which had a 1:1 correspondence.

One held a gist index which was on a int field which searched the for the keyword.  Then I would join the table to another to retrieve the rest of the information about the items it matched.


This was slow even for returning 100 entries.  About 10 seconds, sometimes 5.  But when I start getting 1xxx entries its about 30-50 seconds.  The rest is just horrible.


How should I set up my indexes and or tables.

We were thinking of putting the index inside one table then the join would not have to be done but this still returns rather slow results.


I have not fully tested this method but it looks like when run for just the keyword search on the title and no joining it can return in about 10 seconds or less.

This is a great improvement but I am currently going to make the table all in one and see how long it will take.  I believe it will not be much more as there will be no join needed only the returning of some attribute fields. 


This is still not the kind of time I would like to see, I wanted something around 2 seconds or less.  I know there is a lot of information especially if .25 million rows are to be returned but if there is only 1xxx-9xxx rows to be returned I believe 2 seconds seems about right.


How do search engines do it?

Any suggestions are welcome,



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