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Cross-table statistics idea

From: "Jim C(dot) Nasby" <jim(at)nasby(dot)net>
To: pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Cross-table statistics idea
Date: 2006-09-27 02:27:28
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Since I don't recall any ideas ever having been thrown out on how to do

ISTM that we could gain additional insight on how many rows would likely
result from a join be comparing the "shape" of the histogram for the
joining columns. For example, if the histogram arrays were exactly
identical, we're essentially stuck looking at the ratio of reltuples
between the two tables. (AFAIK that's the only estimate we make today)
If one histogram ended at a value smaller than the start of the other
histogram, we would estimate that no rows would result from an equal

Am I right about how our estimates work right now? Where can I look in
the code? Has anyone looked down this path in the past?
Jim Nasby                                            jim(at)nasby(dot)net
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