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Need recommendation regarding IN expression
Posted by: Solon Barns
Date: February 22, 2006 12:52PM

Suppose I have these tables:

CREATE TABLE `registrant`(
`registrant_id` INT AUTO_INCREMENT,
`fname` VARCHAR(50) NOT NULL,
PRIMARY KEY (`registrant_id`),

CREATE TABLE `page_view`(
`registrant_id` INT NOT NULL,,
`time_on_page` INT NOT NULL,
INDEX `Ref169263`(`registrant_id`),

CREATE TABLE `selected_registrants`(
`report_id` INT NOT NULL,
`registrat_id` INT NOT NULL,

registrant table is about 100K rows, and page_view table is several million rows.

I need to do aggregate reports but only for selected registrants. The selection criteria is so complex that I decided to fetch the registrant IDs seperately and then use a list of IDs in a subquery:

Will the following query be efficient?

SELECT SUM(time_on_page) FROM page_view WHERE registrant_id IN (SELECT registrant_id FROM selected_registrants WHERE report_id = 1569) GROUP BY registrant_id

My concern is that number of IDs in the IN expression can be about 100K. Is there a better way to do this?

Thanks, Solon.

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