How can I calculate the cost of the query, if there is a between condition?

Select *
From A 
Where A.id between 10 and 50

If Index not exists and there is only one condition:

  1. Search in B+ tree to find the first block that meets the condition (Binary search). Cost: log_2(b_A).
  2. Search in the following blocks that meets the condition. (Suppose half of the blocks meet the condition). Cost: b_A/2.

    • If the condition was Where A.id > 10, then the cost would be: log_2(b_A) + b_A/2

    • If the condition was Where A.id < 50, then the cost would be: log_2(b_A) + b_A/2

What is the correct way to calculate cost of 2 ranges of the same field?

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If there is no index for A.id column, then database engine perform full table scan. So O(N) operations are performed.

If there is a B+tree index for A.id then database optimizer may choose it, if it is better than full table scan.

In a B+tree all the leaf nodes/records are linked; a node may have more than 2 elements. Because all the records/leaves are linked in order (asc|desc), to get matching value for given range, it is sufficient find the min record location then we can iterate sequentially till max value.

For a b-order B+ tree, finding a record requires O(logb⁡(N)). If there is a m matching elements for (10,50 ) range, if we assume DB engine follow the above said method, then it requires O(logb⁡(N))+O(m) operations to find matching rows.

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