A database structure that can improve the speed of queries at the cost of disk space and slower inserts/updates. It stores a copy of one or more columns but structures the data differently to allow for faster access.

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Composite or Single-Field Clustering Key

My DBA and I are having a disagreement on index structure. Consider data for a medical claim... We have the Header table with fields like: ClaimId (varchar(50)), PaidAmount, MemberID... and for ...
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What is a non-clustered index scan

I know what table scan, clustered index scan and index seek is but my google skills let me down to find a precise explanation into non clustered index scans. Why and when a query uses a non clustered ...
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2008R2 Cannot Disable Non-Clustered Index

We have identified a handful of superfluous non-clustered indexes and I would like to disable them for a few days before straight dropping them. However when using the GUI in SSMS (right click > ...
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Should I rely on Database Engine Tuning Advisor for creating indexes?

How should I rely on Database Engine Tuning Advisor for creating indexes and statistics? I find more often than not, it generates overly complex indexes that (I think) would be more costly in index ...
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How are multiple indexes used in a query by MySQL?

Imagine a table where there are separate indexes on columns a and b. The query runs somewhat like this: SELECT col1, col2 FROM `table` WHERE a = 'value_1 AND b = 'value_2'; Now, does this query ...
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Index defrag takes forever to run

We have an Agent job that runs every morning at 2a.m. to defrag the top 5 biggest tables. Usually it takes around 20 mins to complete. It has stayed this way for several years. However, recently (last ...
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SELECT * WHERE VarCharColumn IN (…) Optimization

I have a list of 3000 strings, and I am passing them (twenty at a time) into a parametrized IN clause. It definitely isn't getting the results I would like to see ~ 500ms per execution. The column is ...
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How to disable or delete an index

I created a non-clustered index on a live server (SQL Server 2008 R2) and it turned out not to give the performance benefits that I was hoping for. So I want to delete the index again. Unfortunately ...
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Why is an entire index that is infrequently used stored in the buffer pool?

I have been looking at the memory usage of a server and noticed something odd when drilling into the details. One index is eating up ~15GB of the buffer pool. That happens to be the size of the entire ...
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Indexing - Uniqueidentifier Foreign Key or Intermediary mapping table?

Looking for some expert views on this guys - I'm not a DBA by trade so would appreciate any advice. Comments on the rest of the schema aren't required as it is purely fabricated to illustrate my ...
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How to Index a JOIN result of two or more tables in order to improve the performance in SQL server?

I am new to indexing and gone through the basics of indexing. I can find a default clustered index for the primary key constraint within the indexes part of the corresponding table, but after creating ...
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MySQL: Index when joining to tables not being used (Performance optimizing question)

I need to optimize the following query: SELECT /* [things omitted] */ articles.blogpost_id, articles.id AS articleid FROM blogposts JOIN articles ON articles.blogpost_id = blogposts.id WHERE ...
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Why not rebuild indexes with page count <1000?

I use Ola Hallengrens script for Index maintenance. Before I did that, I used the following query to see which indexes are fragmented most: SELECT dbschemas.[name] as 'Schema', dbtables.[name] as ...
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Improve speed of index rebuild on SQL server

I'm importing a large amount of data into an empty database, and before I start I disabled all non-unique non-clustered indexes to see if I could improve the performance of the import. Now I want to ...
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Best value for fill factor in index

I use SQL Server 2008 R2 and want to set value for fill factor property in each index. I look for recipe to calculate best value for this property (have better performance when insert record) . Also ...
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Finding the query causing the missing index DMVs

How can I find the query causing the missing index DMVs suggesting to create a particular index? Thank you.
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Pagination with PostgreSQL 9.3: counting number of pages

I'm implementing pagination and sorting of rows in, let's say, products table, using multicolumn index on category, score and id. -- index create index category_score_id on products(category, score, ...
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SMS Suggesting covering all columns in an index?

I'm still a bit newer to indexes and database works, so I may very well be missing something obvious. SMS suggested adding a covered index to one of my tables that Indexes on the column I believe ...
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SQL Server: Effect of Setting These Index Options

A reindexing script was recently run in our dev environment that set ALLOW_ROW_LOCK = FALSE and ALLOW_PAGE_LOCKS = FALSE on all the indexes in the database. This was done while testing new reindexing ...
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Dropping and recreating indexes for performance reasons?

I'm maintaining Somebody Else's Code. There's a stored procedure that's run once a day or week (depending on config), that migrates a bunch of records from an active table to an archive. But it's ...
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Optimizing IP Range Search?

I have a simple query and table, and I would like to know which indexing is efficient on this kind of table and query. In my table I have 3 columns CREATE TABLE mYTable(ipFrom BIGINT, ipto BIGINT, ...
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Will a clustered index improve performance of updates performed sequentially on that clustered index?

I know indexes reduce data modification performance, but I have a task where (almost) all updates are done on items in a sequential order. Would a clustered index improve or reduce performance in ...
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Estimating impact of indexes SQLite database size

I'm trying to estimate the database size (on disk) for a SQLite DB that includes a number of indexed columns. These columns are of (SQLite) type Integer and String. It's straightforward enough to ...
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Any advantage of having a second index with included columns on a primary key?

I'm reviewing our database and noticed that on a particular table we have the following indexes: Table: Col1 INT IDENTITY(1,1) Primary Key Col2 INT ... about 15 more columns .... ColN ...
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Should I use a composite or single-column index?

I have the following columns in my database table (Medicines). ID bigint, MedicineName nvarchar(50), BrandName nvarchar(50), MedicineCode nvarchar(20), and price,quantity. I am making a stored ...
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Why does CREATE INDEX … WITH ONLINE=ON block access to the table over a period of minutes?

I have an existing table: CREATE TABLE dbo.ProofDetails ( ProofDetailsID int NOT NULL CONSTRAINT PK_ProofDetails PRIMARY KEY CLUSTERED IDENTITY(1,1), ProofID int NULL, ...
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RESOURCE_SEMAPHORE_QUERY_COMPILER waits in Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Enterprise

Could fragmented indexes on Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Enterprise cause RESOURCE_SEMAPHORE_QUERY_COMPILER waits? The last two weeks one of our applications has had downtime due to ...
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Algorithmic order of table indexes for table operations

I have not been able to find a clear indication of the impact table indexes have on the algorithmic order of table operations. I am not interested in the nuts & bolts of specific implementations; ...
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Oracle concatenation of queries and function index usage

I have a problem with something I can't understand about indexes in Oracle 11g. We can create test data with: create table test2(field1 varchar2(100),field2 varchar2(100),field3 number,field4 ...
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Over 99 million records with geography column & spatial index - VERY VERY VERY slow queries!

I’ve been working with SQL Server for a long time but have only recently encountered the need to work with spatial data. I have come into an environment that uses it pretty heavily and my first real ...
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How does PostgreSQL physically order new records on disk (after a cluster on primary key)?

Need to know how PostgreSQL orders records on disk. In this case, I would like to take advantage of index combination as stated in the docs, which as I understand uses bitmaps to get matching rows ...
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Database Indexing - Maintenance Jobs

I have created a script that runs every night to rebuild & re-organize indexes based on the fragmentation, Indexes with Fragmentation > 30% are rebuilt, Indexes with Fragmentation 10% - 30% are ...
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Query for data that is not there

I have this setup attendance table: ------------------------------------------ | member_id | attendance_date | event_id | ------------------------------------------ attendance indeces ...
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How can I get status messages during a large re-indexing operation with MySQL 5.5?

I get large data transfers periodically that I used to completely replace the contents of a MySQL table. Each time I do this, I truncate the table, disable keys, add several million rows of data, and ...
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Can filtered indexes help improve queries that are based on a time entered or should this be avoided?

I'm just learning about the new filtered indexes in MS SQL 2008 and I'm trying to understand where they would hurt and where they would help. I can see that adding a filtered index to an employees ...
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When REBUILDing indexes on SQL Server, what bearing does tempdb & LOG disk speed have?

Say I have the a data disk that is 50x faster than the LOG and tempdb (measured by Random Write speed) disk. (Don't ask why that's something we'll be fixing if needed) I have a table that's got 19 ...
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Recreate Indexes on 1 billion record table

I have a table with over 1 billion records and it has 6 indexes (including Clustered index (ID)). I need to partition this table on a new Clustered index with date column. I have just enough space ...
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Query not using index when it should

I have this query (below) which keeps hitting the table when it should be using the created index. Is there something simple I'm missing here? How can I get it to use the index instead of the table? ...
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SQL Server: Create New GUID Values for Existing Index

I have an existing table with about 6 million rows. The relevant columns are: ID int not null PK Key uniqueidentifier not null Read/write on this table by Key lookup is probably something like 100 ...
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Indexing strategy for dynamic predicate

Assume SQL Server 2012 Standard edition. My database has a table with 500 million rows. The table has about a dozen columns, none of which are very wide (some varchar(100)'s and some ints). The ...
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Walking a BTREE index as far as possible in MySQL

Suppose one has a column of words on which one builds a BTREE index: CREATE TABLE myTable ( words VARCHAR(25), INDEX USING BTREE (words) ); LOAD DATA LOCAL INFILE '/usr/share/dict/words' INTO ...
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Can spatial index be a part of a multiple columns index?

This manual over here is extremely unclear and doesn't even provide some sample SQL statements: http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.6/en/column-indexes.html Another way to rephrase the question is the ...
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Postgres full text search with multiple columns, why concat in index and not at runtime?

I've come across full text search in postgres in the last few days, and I am a little confused about indexing when searching across multiple columns. The postgres docs talk about creating a ts_vector ...
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SQL Server 2008 Index

What would be the best index(es) to add to the tables in order to make this query as fast as possible. The sd.incidents tables is about 2.5M records, problems about 8K, and changes about 120K. select ...
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Tuning queries and indexes using index analysis tool

I've been pointed to this script from several places which apparently helps with designing indexes in Microsoft SQL Server: http://indexanalysis.codeplex.com/ The problem is I'm using Sybase ASA 11, ...
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Timestamp-based index

I have a big database (200GB+) that contains some log info. And I want to speed up SELECT queries and stored procedures. I have a table with a GeneratedOnUtc datetime column, and have a non-clustered ...
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Partition Function vs. Clustered Index

We have a table that is clustered on identity/datetime2. It is partitioned on the same datetime2. Are there any reasons to cluster on datetime2/identity instead? I understand the reasoning behind ...
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How are foreign key indexes helpful?

How are foreign key indexes helpful? What is the criteria for keeping a foreign key index?
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How much does an index need to narrow the results of a search in order to be useful?

How much does an index need to narrow the results of a search in order to be useful in speeding up queries? Some examples all across the spectrum: A column for storing true/false values obviously ...
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Is a surrogate key better than a natural key in this case

I copied this code from here: CREATE TABLE records( email TEXT REFERENCES users(email), lat DECIMAL, lon DECIMAL, depth TEXT, upload_date TIMESTAMP, comment TEXT, PRIMARY ...