This is just what a primary key should do. When the column lists of the tables are not disjoint, the operation on the common columns has upsert semantics because each record is a dictionary. Nested columns mean adverbs. To select specific columns, list them comma-separated in left-to-right order between select and from. Two keyed tables with the same meta result can be joined with ,.

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Suppose we want to keep track of a pair of daily observations, say a low temperature and a high temperature in Hawaii. Use call-by-name to modify the original. When an attribute is successfully applied to a list, it becomes part of the list and is displayed on the q console. We shall cover q-sql in depth in Chapter 9, but we provide an introduction here in order to extract and display data in our examples.

The record associates column names with the values in a physical row.


It lists the key column s on the left, separated by a vertical bar from the value columns on the right. The q implementation of a keyed table as a dictionary mapping between a pair of tables carries over unchanged to compound keys.

You might think it is possible to retrieve multiple records from a keyed table via a simple list of keys.


Any valid q expression can appear to the right of the semi-colon in table-definition syntax; it is evaluated as part of the table construction. Improving the question-asking experience. KDB – using a gui client Ask Question. After the customary moment of q Zen, we realize that the net effect of “placing a key on a table” is to convert indexing of the rows from row number to key value.

Q Language – Queries

Using our movie data, we can produce the sorted, the average and high qpxd for each week in one expression. Kdb Unit Testing Qpax is a framework for implementing testing in kdb.

Separators, delimiters and types will automatically be detected reducing the time and expertise needed. A compound key in q is simply a table association k! It is good practice to specify the types of all columns in an empty table. In this case the column names are the variable names. Kx says not to expect significant benefit from an attribute for fewer than a million items.

The colons in table-definition syntax are not assignment. Warning Do not omit the square brackets in table-definition syntax. This represents a mapping from each row in a table of presumably unique keys to a corresponding row in a table of values — i.

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We use the following sample table in this section. Two qpa with the same columns in different order can not be joined because the order of columns is significant in q. Such tables arise, for example, when you group without aggregating in a query. The normal form stores the low and high values in separate columns with flat lists for rows and columns. With t and kt as above.


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As we have already noted, dictionary creation does not enforce key uniqueness. A keyed table is a dictionary mapping a table of key records to a table of value records. Constructing a table by flipping a column dictionary is useful when you need to build the table on the fly. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.

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Defining a Callback Function Now that you are sending asynchronous queries, you will need to define a callback function to ensure that the response to normal queries are sent back to QPad.

Its behavior derives from its behavior on dictionaries. We establish a positional correspondence between these lists via a dictionary mapping. Keys should be unique but sadly this is not enforced.