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Two Pentaho questions

Razvan Popovici

Joined: Feb 15, 2007
Posts: 14
Currently I am looking for an efficient way to perform the Welch two sample t.test (t.test function in "R", TTEST with heteroscedastic populations in Microsoft Excel) on about 100 million pairs of vectors. The elements of the vectors are extracted from a database. Once the results are computed and stored in a database table, a correction for multiple comparisons (such as Bonferroni or FDR) has to be applied for the 100 millions p-values calculated.

My proposed approach includes MySQL and "R"; the problem is the large number of SQL queries to be executed and, out of the box, the lack of parallelism for both MySQL and "R".

The backup plan considers PostgreSQL and custom PostgreSQL functions, written either in C++ or PL/R.

Would Pentaho make any decisive difference by:
- enabling multicore and/or cluster computation for a more efficient resource usage
- provide a simple, out of the box approach for this class of problems (statistic functions + large data)?

The second question is about reporting, can Pentaho output a report from two databases? It will have to issue a query to each database and merge the results in memory. Since the databases are very large compared with relatively small report (that would fit in memory), it is unpractical to copy the databases to a third database and perform a classic SQL join.

Thank you,

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darren hartford

Joined: May 17, 2010
Posts: 17
In response to the second question - "can Pentaho output a report from two databases?"

The Pentaho Reporting can take a direct feed from the Pentaho Data Integration tool. This means you can leverage the ETL tool to read from multiple RDBMS systems, and MDX query, and Excel, and flow out a single result stream and use that directly into Pentaho Reporting.

You would likely need either custom code to use the two (both PDI and Pentaho Reporting) in an embedded fashion, or use the Pentaho BI Server with it's XACTION orchestration approach (which makes pretty easy to do).

Maria Carina Roldan

Joined: Oct 14, 2009
Posts: 19
Hi, Razvan

With regard to the first question, it's very specific and I don't think I'm the right person to give you a proper answer. I'd sugest you to post this in Pentaho forum

As to the second question, Pentaho reporting allows you to mix several sources: SQL (more than one DB at the same time), MDX, PDI, etc. In particular, PDI as a source multiply the available combinations, as it allows you to read data from other sources as well (Excel files, etc.)

Maria Carina Roldan
Author of Pentaho 3.2 Data Integration: Beginner's Guide
I agree. Here's the link:
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