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EXISTS with AND/OR is killing me softly ....

Posted on 2014-04-14
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I am using SQL Server 2008 R2. I have an EXISTS with an OR EXISTS... When I use either one by itself, it takes less than a second. But when the two are together as an OR, it takes 54 seconds to run. Here is the clause that's killing me:

 AND ( 
  EXISTS ( 
 select 1 
 from EmployeeUnitJobTypeUnitView 
    INNER JOIN Unit ON Unit.UnitId = EmployeeUnitJobTypeUnitView.UnitId  
  where EmployeeUnitJobTypeUnitView.EmployeeId = Employee.EmployeeId 
      AND Unit.StateCode  
 IN (219) 
 )  
 OR EXISTS ( 
 select 1 
 from EmployeeAccessZoneDistrictUnitView 
    INNER JOIN Unit ON Unit.UnitId = EmployeeAccessZoneDistrictUnitView.UnitId  
  where EmployeeAccessZoneDistrictUnitView.EmployeeId = Employee.EmployeeId 
      AND Unit.StateCode 
 IN (219) 
 )  

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Am I doing something wrong on my AND/OR?

BTW, this query, when completed, returns 1 row. The top half returns one row, the second have returns 0 rows.

thanks!
P.S. Just for kicks I also tried an IN and it gives the same amount of time:

AND 
 ( 
  Employee.EmployeeId IN  
    (Select EmployeeId from EmployeeUnitJobTypeUnitView 
    INNER JOIN Unit ON Unit.UnitId = EmployeeUnitJobTypeUnitView.UnitId  
      AND Unit.StateCode  
 IN (219) )
 OR 
  Employee.EmployeeId IN  
    (Select EmployeeId from EmployeeAccessZoneDistrictUnitView  
    INNER JOIN Unit ON Unit.UnitId = EmployeeAccessZoneDistrictUnitView.UnitId  
      AND Unit.StateCode 
 IN (219) )
 ) 

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Question by:BobCSD
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Additional information:

Just to show stuff at the top and an entire query, this simple one (without further AND clauses for filtering), took 2:33. It returns 3 rows:

/* exists */

SELECT Distinct Employee.EmployeeId
FROM Employee 
 where 
 Employee.ClientId = 1  
 
 AND ( 
  EXISTS ( 
 select 1 
 from EmployeeUnitJobTypeUnitView 
    INNER JOIN Unit ON Unit.UnitId = EmployeeUnitJobTypeUnitView.UnitId  
  where EmployeeUnitJobTypeUnitView.EmployeeId = Employee.EmployeeId 
      AND Unit.StateCode  
 IN (219) 
 )  
 OR EXISTS ( 
 select 1 
 from EmployeeAccessZoneDistrictUnitView 
    INNER JOIN Unit ON Unit.UnitId = EmployeeAccessZoneDistrictUnitView.UnitId  
  where EmployeeAccessZoneDistrictUnitView.EmployeeId = Employee.EmployeeId 
      AND Unit.StateCode 
 IN (219) 
 )  
 )  

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by:BobCSD
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This query, with a FULL OUTER JOIN and a coalesce took less than a second and returns the same 3 rows:

SELECT Distinct COALESCE(table1.EmployeeId, table2.EmployeeId) AS EmployeeId
from 
(SELECT Distinct Employee.EmployeeId
FROM Employee
 where 
 Employee.ClientId = 1  
 AND 
  EXISTS ( 
 select 1 
 from EmployeeUnitJobTypeUnitView 
    INNER JOIN Unit ON Unit.UnitId = EmployeeUnitJobTypeUnitView.UnitId  
  where EmployeeUnitJobTypeUnitView.EmployeeId = Employee.EmployeeId 
      AND Unit.StateCode  
 IN (219) 
 )
 ) AS TABLE1
 FULL OUTER JOIN (
  SELECT Distinct Employee.EmployeeId
FROM Employee
 where 
 Employee.ClientId = 1  

 AND EXISTS ( 
 select 1 
 from EmployeeAccessZoneDistrictUnitView 
    INNER JOIN Unit ON Unit.UnitId = EmployeeAccessZoneDistrictUnitView.UnitId  
  where EmployeeAccessZoneDistrictUnitView.EmployeeId = Employee.EmployeeId 
      AND Unit.StateCode 
 IN (219) 
 )  
 )  table2 ON
    table2.Employeeid = table1.Employeeid
ORDER BY
    Employeeid

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by:BobCSD
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Oh, and you might ask, "Well, why don't you just use the FULL OUTER JOIN?"

Because when building this query based on search/filter values, I could have a lot of these AND EXISTS/OR EXISTS on various tables. (Six to be exact.)

So not sure how I would pull that off with 6 different ones versus 6 different ones. Because this AND/OR has to filter, then this next AND/OR has to filter, etc.

thanks.
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Instead of doing a OR, can't you just UNION Your 2 queries?
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Thanks for the suggestion..

I think I just figured it out though. If I create a view with my coalesce, I can use it in my queries and it is zipping fast and I don't have to worry about building it as I build my query.

thanks!
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figured it out.
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