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Date:   Wed, 9 Mar 2011 14:56:22 -0600
Reply-To:   Joe Matise <snoopy369@GMAIL.COM>
Sender:   "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:   Joe Matise <snoopy369@GMAIL.COM>
Subject:   Re: SQL lookup - more efficient way?
Comments:   To: Michael Murff <>
In-Reply-To:   <>
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Do you have any indexes on the tables?

I think BETWEEN is technically slower than two < > criteria, at least on some SQL instances; I'm not sure why that is, though perhaps > and then < simply disqualifies records faster (some records fail the first criteria and do not have to evaluate the second). I do agree with Bob that a correlated subquery may be more efficient (depending on the relative size of the tables).


On Wed, Mar 9, 2011 at 12:34 PM, Michael Murff <> wrote:

> ** Hi sas-l; > ** my real tables are quite large; > ** anybody know how to optimize this using ansi standard SQL syntax? ; > > data main; > do id=1 to 10; > num_x=round(100*uniform(123),1); output; > end; > run; > > data lookup; > beg_num=1; end_num=10; output; > beg_num=11; end_num=20; output; > beg_num=21; end_num=30; output; > run; > proc sql; > select * from main, lookup > where num_x between beg_num and end_num > order by id; > quit; > endsas; > > ** thank you in advance; > ** Regards, Mike; >

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