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Re: Determine position in node sequence based on crite

Subject: Re: Determine position in node sequence based on criteria
From: Michael Kay <mike@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2010 15:31:39 +0100
Re:  Determine position in node sequence based on crite
In xquery you do
for $i at $pos in ../s return
  if (...) then $pos else ()

However thats exactly the same as:

for $i in ../s return
  if (...) then 1 + count($i/preceding-sibling::s) else ()

It's the same in this case, but

(a) it relies on the "in" expression ../s returning a sequence of siblings, and

(b) the second solution is likely to be O(n^2) while the first is likely to be O(n).

Michael Kay

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