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LIMIT AND SKIP

The LIMIT clause constrains the number of rows in the output. The usage of LIMIT in native nGQL statements and openCypher compatible statements is different.

  • Native nGQL: Generally, a pipe | needs to be used before the LIMIT clause. The offset parameter can be set or omitted directly after the LIMIT statement.
  • OpenCypher compatible statements: No pipes are permitted before the LIMIT clause. And you can use SKIP to indicate an offset.

Note

When using LIMIT in either syntax above, it is important to use an ORDER BY clause that constrains the output into a unique order. Otherwise, you will get an unpredictable subset of the output.

LIMIT in native nGQL statements

In native nGQL, LIMIT has general syntax and exclusive syntax in GO statements.

General LIMIT syntax in native nGQL statements

In native nGQL, the general LIMIT syntax works the same as in SQL. The LIMIT clause accepts one or two parameters. The values of both parameters must be non-negative integers and be used after a pipe. The syntax and description are as follows:

... | LIMIT [<offset>,] <number_rows>;
Parameter Description
offset The offset value. It defines the row from which to start returning. The offset starts from 0. The default value is 0, which returns from the first row.
number_rows It constrains the total number of returned rows.

For example:

# The following example returns the top 3 rows of data from the result.
nebula> LOOKUP ON player YIELD id(vertex)|\
        LIMIT 3;
+-------------+
| id(VERTEX)  |
+-------------+
| "player100" |
| "player101" |
| "player102" |
+-------------+

# The following example returns the 3 rows of data starting from the second row of the sorted output.
nebula> GO FROM "player100" OVER follow REVERSELY \
        YIELD properties($$).name AS Friend, properties($$).age AS Age \
        | ORDER BY $-.Age, $-.Friend \
        | LIMIT 1, 3;
+-------------------+-----+
| Friend            | Age |
+-------------------+-----+
| "Danny Green"     | 31  |
| "Aron Baynes"     | 32  |
| "Marco Belinelli" | 32  |
+-------------------+-----+

LIMIT in GO statements

In addition to the general syntax in the native nGQL, the LIMIT in the GO statement also supports limiting the number of output results based on edges.

Syntax:

<go_statement> LIMIT <limit_list>;

limit_list is a list. Elements in the list must be natural numbers, and the number of elements must be the same as the maximum number of STEPS in the GO statement. The following takes GO 1 TO 3 STEPS FROM "A" OVER * LIMIT <limit_list> as an example to introduce this usage of LIMIT in detail.

  • The list limit_list must contain 3 natural numbers, such as GO 1 TO 3 STEPS FROM "A" OVER * LIMIT [1,2,4].
  • 1 in LIMIT [1,2,4] means that the system automatically selects 1 edge to continue traversal in the first step. 2 means to select 2 edges to continue traversal in the second step. 4 indicates that 4 edges are selected to continue traversal in the third step.
  • Because GO 1 TO 3 STEPS means to return all the traversal results from the first to third steps, all the red edges and their source and destination vertices in the figure below will be matched by this GO statement. And the yellow edges represent there is no path selected when the GO statement traverses. If it is not GO 1 TO 3 STEPS but GO 3 STEPS, it will only match the red edges of the third step and the vertices at both ends.

LIMIT in GO

In the basketballplayer dataset, the example is as follows:

nebula> GO 3 STEPS FROM "player100" \
        OVER * \
        YIELD properties($$).name AS NAME, properties($$).age AS Age \
        LIMIT [3,3,3];
+-----------------+--------------+
| NAME            | Age          |
+-----------------+--------------+
| "Spurs"         | UNKNOWN_PROP |
| "Tony Parker"   | 36           |
| "Manu Ginobili" | 41           |
+-----------------+--------------+

nebula> GO 3 STEPS FROM "player102" OVER * BIDIRECT\
        YIELD dst(edge) \
        LIMIT [rand32(5),rand32(5),rand32(5)];
+-------------+
| dst(EDGE)   |
+-------------+
| "player100" |
| "player100" |
+-------------+

LIMIT in openCypher compatible statements

In openCypher compatible statements such as MATCH, there is no need to use a pipe when LIMIT is used. The syntax and description are as follows:

... [SKIP <offset>] [LIMIT <number_rows>];
Parameter Description
offset The offset value. It defines the row from which to start returning. The offset starts from 0. The default value is 0, which returns from the first row.
number_rows It constrains the total number of returned rows.

Both offset and number_rows accept expressions, but the result of the expression must be a non-negative integer.

Note

Fraction expressions composed of two integers are automatically floored to integers. For example, 8/6 is floored to 1.

Examples of LIMIT

LIMIT can be used alone to return a specified number of results.

nebula> MATCH (v:player) RETURN v.player.name AS Name, v.player.age AS Age \
        ORDER BY Age LIMIT 5;
+-------------------------+-----+
| Name                    | Age |
+-------------------------+-----+
| "Luka Doncic"           | 20  |
| "Ben Simmons"           | 22  |
| "Kristaps Porzingis"    | 23  |
| "Giannis Antetokounmpo" | 24  |
| "Kyle Anderson"         | 25  |
+-------------------------+-----+

Examples of SKIP

SKIP can be used alone to set the offset and return the data after the specified position.

nebula> MATCH (v:player{name:"Tim Duncan"}) --> (v2) \
        RETURN v2.player.name AS Name, v2.player.age AS Age \
        ORDER BY Age DESC SKIP 1;
+-----------------+-----+
| Name            | Age |
+-----------------+-----+
| "Manu Ginobili" | 41  |
| "Tony Parker"   | 36  |
+-----------------+-----+

nebula> MATCH (v:player{name:"Tim Duncan"}) --> (v2) \
        RETURN v2.player.name AS Name, v2.player.age AS Age \
        ORDER BY Age DESC SKIP 1+1;
+---------------+-----+
| Name          | Age |
+---------------+-----+
| "Tony Parker" | 36  |
+---------------+-----+

Example of SKIP and LIMIT

SKIP and LIMIT can be used together to return the specified amount of data starting from the specified position.

nebula> MATCH (v:player{name:"Tim Duncan"}) --> (v2) \
        RETURN v2.player.name AS Name, v2.player.age AS Age \
        ORDER BY Age DESC SKIP 1 LIMIT 1;
+-----------------+-----+
| Name            | Age |
+-----------------+-----+
| "Manu Ginobili" | 41  |
+-----------------+-----+

Last update: December 8, 2022