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Re: Queries using JOIN and ORDER BY LIMIT
Posted by: Rick James
Date: March 15, 2012 10:50AM

> So if I understand correctly, the only way to improve the query performance is to have the filtering and sorting columns in the same table and create a combined index for them?

Yes. This is because it cannot do the LIMIT until after the SORT (ORDER BY), which cannot start until it has looked at all the rows in both tables.
One possibility -- Maintain (redundantly) another table with _only_ the valid rows.

> Is there anything else that can be done to improve the query time? Are there any new features in MySQL 5.5 or later that would help with this kind of query?

Absolutely not. You have a computationally complex problem; the algorithms were optimized decades ago.

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