pg_stats provides access to
the information stored in the
catalog. This view allows access only to rows of
pg_statistic that correspond to tables the
user has permission to read, and therefore it is safe to allow public
read access to this view.
pg_stats is also designed to present the
information in a more readable format than the underlying catalog
— at the cost that its schema must be extended whenever new slot types
are defined for
|Name of schema containing table|
|Name of table|
|Name of the column described by this row|
|If true, this row includes inheritance child columns, not just the values in the specified table|
|Fraction of column entries that are null|
|Average width in bytes of column's entries|
| If greater than zero, the estimated number of distinct values in the
column. If less than zero, the negative of the number of distinct
values divided by the number of rows. (The negated form is used when
|A list of the most common values in the column. (Null if no values seem to be more common than any others.)|
| A list of the frequencies of the most common values,
i.e., number of occurrences of each divided by total number of rows.
(Null when |
| A list of values that divide the column's values into groups of
approximately equal population. The values in
| Statistical correlation between physical row ordering and
logical ordering of the column values. This ranges from -1 to +1.
When the value is near -1 or +1, an index scan on the column will
be estimated to be cheaper than when it is near zero, due to reduction
of random access to the disk. (This column is null if the column data
type does not have a |
|A list of non-null element values most often appearing within values of the column. (Null for scalar types.)|
| A list of the frequencies of the most common element values, i.e., the
fraction of rows containing at least one instance of the given value.
Two or three additional values follow the per-element frequencies;
these are the minimum and maximum of the preceding per-element
frequencies, and optionally the frequency of null elements.
(Null when |
|A histogram of the counts of distinct non-null element values within the values of the column, followed by the average number of distinct non-null elements. (Null for scalar types.)|
The maximum number of entries in the array fields can be controlled on a
column-by-column basis using the
ALTER TABLE SET STATISTICS
command, or globally by setting the
default_statistics_target run-time parameter.