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fast query for daily activity?

Posted on 2013-01-27
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I have a large table of daily activity, with a timestamp to the second as one of the columns.
There are several hundred million rows in the yearly log. The timestamp is indexed.
I need to produce a daily summary table for the year. For example, the report would have daily averages for the yearly log. Using count() group by day - is very slow. Is there a way to optimize this query?
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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yes, there are possibilities.

you could do a daily accumulation into a dedicated table, and update it once per day, taking only the records from the previous day ...

say you create the table like this:
create table activity_daily_counts ( date_group date primary key, count_value int ) 

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and you create a job that does the daily update, using this procedure:
create procedure update_daily_activity_count( @date date = null )
as
begin
  if @date is null   set @date = dateadd(day, -1, cast(getdate() as date))
  
  delete activity_daily_counts where date_group = @date
  insert into activity_daily_counts ( date_group, count_value )
   select @date, count(*)
     from  your_table
   where your_date_field  >= @date
     and your_date_field < dateadd(day, 1, @date)

end 

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and you populate that table by either running the procedure once for every date value you can have, or simply by the normal one-shot insert:
  insert into activity_daily_counts ( date_group, count_value )
   select cast(your_date_field as date), count(*)
     from  your_table
group by cast(your_date_field as date)

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and your query on the daily_counts table will be VERY fast-
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kmslogic earned 500 total points
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This sounds like an analytics problem, so the big solution might be to look at one of the OLAP servers available for MySQL

I think what'd I try myself to solve this would be to run a nightly process to produce daily totals up through (today - 2 days), then combine those totals with a query of just the last two days from the detail records to generate your daily summary table for the year.
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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sorry, I put MS SQL syntax, you have MySQL ...
but the principle is the same ...
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by:kmslogic
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Yes sorry I was typing my answer and overlapped angel.  He's the real expert, listen to him!
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