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CREATE STATISTICS(7) | PostgreSQL 13.4 Documentation | CREATE STATISTICS(7) |

# NAME¶

CREATE_STATISTICS - define extended statistics

# SYNOPSIS¶

CREATE STATISTICS [ IF NOT EXISTS ]statistics_name

[ (statistics_kind[, ... ] ) ]

ONcolumn_name,column_name[, ...]

FROMtable_name

# DESCRIPTION¶

**CREATE STATISTICS** will create a new extended statistics
object tracking data about the specified table, foreign table or
materialized view. The statistics object will be created in the current
database and will be owned by the user issuing the command.

If a schema name is given (for example, CREATE STATISTICS myschema.mystat ...) then the statistics object is created in the specified schema. Otherwise it is created in the current schema. The name of the statistics object must be distinct from the name of any other statistics object in the same schema.

# PARAMETERS¶

IF NOT EXISTS

*statistics_name*

*statistics_kind*

*column_name*

*table_name*

# NOTES¶

You must be the owner of a table to create a statistics object reading it. Once created, however, the ownership of the statistics object is independent of the underlying table(s).

# EXAMPLES¶

Create table t1 with two functionally dependent columns, i.e., knowledge of a value in the first column is sufficient for determining the value in the other column. Then functional dependency statistics are built on those columns:

CREATE TABLE t1 (

a int,

b int ); INSERT INTO t1 SELECT i/100, i/500

FROM generate_series(1,1000000) s(i); ANALYZE t1; -- the number of matching rows will be drastically underestimated: EXPLAIN ANALYZE SELECT * FROM t1 WHERE (a = 1) AND (b = 0); CREATE STATISTICS s1 (dependencies) ON a, b FROM t1; ANALYZE t1; -- now the row count estimate is more accurate: EXPLAIN ANALYZE SELECT * FROM t1 WHERE (a = 1) AND (b = 0);

Without functional-dependency statistics, the planner would assume that the two WHERE conditions are independent, and would multiply their selectivities together to arrive at a much-too-small row count estimate. With such statistics, the planner recognizes that the WHERE conditions are redundant and does not underestimate the row count.

Create table t2 with two perfectly correlated columns (containing identical data), and a MCV list on those columns:

CREATE TABLE t2 (

a int,

b int ); INSERT INTO t2 SELECT mod(i,100), mod(i,100)

FROM generate_series(1,1000000) s(i); CREATE STATISTICS s2 (mcv) ON a, b FROM t2; ANALYZE t2; -- valid combination (found in MCV) EXPLAIN ANALYZE SELECT * FROM t2 WHERE (a = 1) AND (b = 1); -- invalid combination (not found in MCV) EXPLAIN ANALYZE SELECT * FROM t2 WHERE (a = 1) AND (b = 2);

The MCV list gives the planner more detailed information about the specific values that commonly appear in the table, as well as an upper bound on the selectivities of combinations of values that do not appear in the table, allowing it to generate better estimates in both cases.

# COMPATIBILITY¶

There is no **CREATE STATISTICS** command in the SQL
standard.

# SEE ALSO¶

ALTER STATISTICS (ALTER_STATISTICS(7)), DROP STATISTICS (DROP_STATISTICS(7))

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