Oracle Spatial User's Guide and Reference Release 9.0.1 Part Number A8880501 

Quadtree hybrid indexing uses a combination of fixedsize and variablesized tiles for spatially indexing a layer. Variablesized tile spatial indexing uses tiles of different sizes to approximate a geometry. For each geometry, you will have a set of fixedsize tiles that fully cover the geometry, and also a set of variablesized tiles that fully cover the geometry.
For most applications, you should not use hybrid indexes, but should instead use quadtree fixed indexes or Rtree indexes. The rare circumstances where hybrid indexes should be considered are as follows:
The best starting value for SDO_NUMTILES in the new hybrid layer can be calculated by getting a count of the rows in the spatial index table and dividing this number by the number of rows with geometries in the layer, then rounding up. A spatial join (`QUERYTYPE=JOIN') is not a common requirement for applications, and it is comparable to a spatial cross product where each of the geometries in one layer will be compared with each of the geometries in the other layer.
If both of these conditions are true, it may be better to use the SDO_NUMTILES parameter to get coverage for the smaller geometries, while keeping the fixed tile size relatively large for the large geometries by using a smaller SDO_LEVEL value.
In Figure B1, the variablesized cover tiles closely approximate each geometry. This results in good selectivity. The number of variable tiles needed to cover a geometry is controlled using the SDO_NUMTILES parameter.
A variable tile is subdivided if it interacts with the geometry, and subdivision will not result in tiles that are smaller than a predetermined size. This size, or tiling resolution, is determined by a default SDO_MAXLEVEL value.
Figure B2 illustrates how geometry OBJ_1 is approximated with hybrid indexing (SDO_LEVEL = 1 and SDO_NUMTILES = 4). These are not recommended values for SDO_LEVEL and SDO_NUMTILES; they were chosen to simplify this example. The cover tiles are stored in the SDOINDEX table as shown in Table B1.
In Figure B2, note that for simplicity the tiles have been numbered, and LL and UR indicate lower left and upper right, respectively. For example, T2_LL indicates the lower left corner of tile T2. (This designation scheme does not reflect the actual format use in Spatial.)
In Figure B2, note which fixedsize tiles are associated with geometry OBJ_1. Only three (T0, T2, T3) of the four large tiles (T0, T1, T2, T3) generated by the tessellation actually interact with the geometry. Only those three are stored in the SDOINDEX table. In examining which variablesized tiles are used, tile T0 shows a further tessellation to four smaller tiles, two of which (T02, T03) are used to cover a portion of the geometry. The variablesized tiles are stored in the SDO_CODE column in the Spatial index table. The fixedsize tiles are stored in the SDO_GROUPCODE column. The spatial index structure is discussed in Section 2.5.
Table B1 shows the tiles from Figure B2 that are stored in the SDOINDEX table.
Table B1 Section of the SDOINDEX Table
As with the fixedsize tile model, all elements in a geometry are tessellated in one step. In a multielement geometry like OBJ_1, Element 1 (the hole shown in Figure B2) is covered by a redundant tile (T2) from the tessellation of Element 0, but this tile is stored only once.
The SDO_TUNE package has some functions that help determine appropriate SDO_LEVEL and SDO_NUMTILES values.
This section describes hybrid indexing, which uses both fixedsize and variablesized tiles as a spatial indexing mechanism. For each geometry, you will have a set of fixedsize tiles that fully covers the geometry, and a set of variablesized tiles that fully covers the geometry. The terms hybrid indexing, hybrid tiling, and hybrid tessellation are used interchangeably in this section.
To use hybrid tiling, the SDO_LEVEL and SDO_NUMTILES keywords in the PARAMETERS clause must contain valid values. Both SDO_LEVEL and SDO_NUMTILES must be greater than 1.
The SDO_NUMTILES value determines the number of variable tiles that will be used to fully cover a geometry being indexed. Typically this value is small. For points, SDO_NUMTILES is always one. For other element types, you might set SDO_NUMTILES to a value around 8. The larger the SDO_NUMTILES value, the better the tiles will approximate the geometry being covered. A larger SDO_NUMTILES value improves the selectivity of the primary filter, but it also increases the number of index entries per geometry (see Section 4.2.2.1 and Section 4.2.2.2 for a discussion of primary and secondary filters). The SDO_NUMTILES value should be larger for long, linear spatial entities, such as major highways or rivers, than for arearelated spatial entities such as county or state boundaries.
The SDO_LEVEL value determines the size of the fixed tiles used to fully cover the geometry being indexed. Setting the proper SDO_LEVEL value may appear more like art than science. Performing some simple data analysis and testing puts the process back in the realm of science. One approach would be to use the SDO_TUNE.ESTIMATE_TILING_LEVEL function to determine an appropriate starting SDO_LEVEL value, and then compare the performance with slightly higher or lower values.
In Example B1, assume that data has been loaded into a table called ROADS, and the USER_SDO_GEOM_METADATA view has an entry for ROADS.SHAPE. (Assume also that no spatial index has already been created on the ROADS.SHAPE column.) You can use the following SQL statement to create a hybrid index named ROADS_HYBRID.
CREATE INDEX ROADS_HYBRID ON ROADS(SHAPE) INDEXTYPE IS MDSYS.SPATIAL_INDEX PARAMETERS('SDO_LEVEL=6 SDO_NUMTILES=12');
Hybrid indexing allows indexes to be built using the tiling mechanism by specifying the SDO_LEVEL. Additionally, hybrid indexing introduces the ability to specify the minimum number of tiles to be created for each geometry during the indexing process by specifying the indexing parameter SDO_NUMTILES.
If the number of tiles created for a geometry using the SDO_LEVEL value is less than the value specified by the SDO_NUMTILES value, then the indexing process continues by creating more tiles for the geometry until the SDO_NUMTILES value has been reached. The ability to specify the minimum number of tiles for each geometry is important for a number of reasons:
If hybrid indexing is used and if the layer being indexed is pointonly data, the SDO_NUMTILES value should be set to 1.

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