Chapter 72. How the Planner Uses Statistics

Table of Contents

72.1. Row Estimation Examples
72.2. Multivariate Statistics Examples
72.2.1. Functional Dependencies
72.2.2. Multivariate N-Distinct Counts
72.2.3. MCV Lists
72.3. Planner Statistics and Security

This chapter builds on the material covered in Section 14.1 and Section 14.2 to show some additional details about how the planner uses the system statistics to estimate the number of rows each part of a query might return. This is a significant part of the planning process, providing much of the raw material for cost calculation.

The intent of this chapter is not to document the code in detail, but to present an overview of how it works. This will perhaps ease the learning curve for someone who subsequently wishes to read the code.