Sessionization with Event-Based Windows

ablack3ablack3 Registered User
edited May 16 in Vertica Forum

Hi,

I am interested in adapting the event sessionization example here.

This is the example I would like to adapt.

=> SELECT userId, timestamp,
CONDITIONAL_TRUE_EVENT(timestamp - LAG(timestamp) > '30 seconds')
OVER(PARTITION BY userId ORDER BY timestamp) AS session FROM WebClicks;
userId | timestamp | session
--------+---------------------+---------
1 | 2009-12-08 15:00:00 | 0
1 | 2009-12-08 15:00:25 | 0
1 | 2009-12-08 15:00:45 | 0
1 | 2009-12-08 15:01:45 | 1
2 | 2009-12-08 15:02:45 | 0
2 | 2009-12-08 15:02:55 | 0
2 | 2009-12-08 15:03:55 | 1

Instead of triggering new sessions based on the previous record I would like to trigger a new session based on the starting time of the last session. The current query triggers a new session if the current timestamp is 30 seconds after the previous timestamp. I would like a query that will trigger a new session if the current timestamp is 30 seconds after the start of the previous session. It seems like I would want FIRST_VALUE to do accomplish this.

This is my desired query and result. Unfortunately this query fails because analytic functions cannot be nested.

=> SELECT userId, timestamp,
CONDITIONAL_TRUE_EVENT(timestamp - FIRST_VALUE(timestamp) > '30 seconds')
OVER(PARTITION BY userId ORDER BY timestamp) AS session FROM WebClicks;
userId | timestamp | session
--------+---------------------+---------
1 | 2009-12-08 15:00:00 | 0
1 | 2009-12-08 15:00:25 | 0
1 | 2009-12-08 15:00:45 | 1 (timestamp is > 30 seconds after 2009-12-08 15:00:00)
1 | 2009-12-08 15:01:45 | 2 (timestamp is > 30 seconds after 2009-12-08 15:00:45)
2 | 2009-12-08 15:02:45 | 0
2 | 2009-12-08 15:02:55 | 0
2 | 2009-12-08 15:03:55 | 1 (timestamp is > 30 seconds after 2009-12-08 15:02:45)

Is it possible to get my desired result with Vertica's analytic functions?
Thanks!

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