Make the planner assume that the entries in a VALUES list are distinct

Enterprise / PostgreSQL - Tom Lane [] - 16 August 2017 15:37 EDT

Previously, if we had to estimate the number of distinct values in a
VALUES column, we fell back on the default behavior used whenever we lack statistics, which effectively is that there are Min(# of entries, 200) distinct values. This can be very badly off with a large VALUES list, as noted by Jeff Janes.

We could consider actually running an ANALYZE-like scan on the VALUES, but that seems unduly expensive, and anyway it could not deliver reliable info if the entries are not all constants. What seems like a better choice is to assume that the values are all distinct. This will sometimes be just as wrong as the old code, but it seems more likely to be more nearly right in many common cases. Also, it is more consistent with what happens in some related cases, for example WHERE x = ANY(ARRAY[1,2,3,...,n]) and WHERE x = ANY(VALUES (1),(2),(3),...,(n)) now are estimated similarly.

This was discussed some time ago, but consensus was it'd be better to slip it in at the start of a development cycle not near the end. (It should've gone into v10, really, but I forgot about it.)


2b74303 Make the planner assume that the entries in a VALUES list are distinct.
src/backend/utils/adt/selfuncs.c | 11 +++++++++++
src/include/nodes/relation.h | 4 ++--
2 files changed, 13 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)


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