Collects statistics about a database.


ANALYZE [VERBOSE] [<table> [ (<column> [, ...] ) ]]

ANALYZE [VERBOSE] {<root_partition_table_name>|<leaf_partition_table_name>} [ (<column> [, ...] )] 

ANALYZE [VERBOSE] ROOTPARTITION {ALL | <root_partition_table_name> [ (<column> [, ...] )]}


ANALYZE collects statistics about the contents of tables in the database, and stores the results in the system table pg_statistic. Subsequently, Greenplum Database uses these statistics to help determine the most efficient execution plans for queries. For information about the table statistics that are collected, see Notes.

With no parameter, ANALYZE collects statistics for every table in the current database. You can specify a table name to collect statistics for a single table. You can specify a set of column names in a specific table, in which case the statistics only for those columns from that table are collected.

ANALYZE does not collect statistics on external tables.

For partitioned tables, ANALYZE collects additional statistics, HyperLogLog (HLL) statistics, on the leaf child partitions. HLL statistics are used are used to derive number of distinct values (NDV) for queries against partitioned tables.

  • When aggregating NDV estimates across multiple leaf child partitions, HLL statistics generate a more accurate NDV estimates than the standard table statistics.
  • When updating HLL statistics, ANALYZE operations are required only on leaf child partitions that have changed. For example, ANALYZE is required if the leaf child partition data has changed, or if the leaf child partition has been exchanged with another table. For more information about updating partitioned table statistics, see Notes.

If you intend to run queries on partitioned tables with GPORCA enabled (the default), then you must collect statistics on the root partition of the partitioned table with the ANALYZE or ANALYZE ROOTPARTITION command. For information about collecting statistics on partitioned tables and when the ROOTPARTITION keyword is required, see Notes. For information about GPORCA, see Overview of GPORCA in the Greenplum Database Administrator Guide.


You can also use the Greenplum Database utility analyzedb to update table statistics. The analyzedb utility can update statistics for multiple tables concurrently. The utility can also check table statistics and update statistics only if the statistics are not current or do not exist. For information about the utility, see the Greenplum Database Utility Guide.


{ root_partition_table_name | leaf_partition_table_name } [ (column [, ...] ) ]

Collect statistics for partitioned tables including HLL statistics. HLL statistics are collected only on leaf child partitions.

ANALYZE root\_partition\_table\_name, collects statistics on all leaf child partitions and the root partition.

ANALYZE leaf\_partition\_table\_name, collects statistics on the leaf child partition.

By default, if you specify a leaf child partition, and all other leaf child partitions have statistics, ANALYZE updates the root partition statistics. If not all leaf child partitions have statistics, ANALYZE logs information about the leaf child partitions that do not have statistics. For information about when root partition statistics are collected, see Notes.

Collect statistics only on the root partition of partitioned tables based on the data in the partitioned table. If possible, ANALYZE uses leaf child partition statistics to generate root partition statistics. Otherwise, ANALYZE collects the statistics by sampling leaf child partition data. Statistics are not collected on the leaf child partitions, the data is only sampled. HLL statistics are not collected.

For information about when the ROOTPARTITION keyword is required, see Notes.

When you specify ROOTPARTITION, you must specify either ALL or the name of a partitioned table.

If you specify ALL with ROOTPARTITION, Greenplum Database collects statistics for the root partition of all partitioned tables in the database. If there are no partitioned tables in the database, a message stating that there are no partitioned tables is returned. For tables that are not partitioned tables, statistics are not collected.

If you specify a table name with ROOTPARTITION and the table is not a partitioned table, no statistics are collected for the table and a warning message is returned.

The ROOTPARTITION clause is not valid with VACUUM ANALYZE. The command VACUUM ANALYZE ROOTPARTITION returns an error.

The time to run ANALYZE ROOTPARTITION is similar to the time to analyze a non-partitioned table with the same data since ANALYZE ROOTPARTITION only samples the leaf child partition data.

For the partitioned table sales_curr_yr, this example command collects statistics only on the root partition of the partitioned table. ANALYZE ROOTPARTITION sales_curr_yr;

This example ANALYZE command collects statistics on the root partition of all the partitioned tables in the database.


Enables display of progress messages. When specified, ANALYZE emits this information

  • The table that is being processed.
  • The query that is run to generate the sample table.
  • The column for which statistics is being computed.
  • The queries that are issued to collect the different statistics for a single column.
  • The statistics that are collected.
The name (possibly schema-qualified) of a specific table to analyze. If omitted, all regular tables (but not foreign tables) in the current database are analyzed.
The name of a specific column to analyze. Defaults to all columns.


Foreign tables are analyzed only when explicitly selected. Not all foreign data wrappers support ANALYZE. If the table's wrapper does not support ANALYZE, the command prints a warning and does nothing.

It is a good idea to run ANALYZE periodically, or just after making major changes in the contents of a table. Accurate statistics helps Greenplum Database choose the most appropriate query plan, and thereby improve the speed of query processing. A common strategy for read-mostly databases is to run VACUUM and ANALYZE once a day during a low-usage time of day. (This will not be sufficient if there is heavy update activity.) You can check for tables with missing statistics using the gp_stats_missing view, which is in the gp_toolkit schema:

SELECT * from gp_toolkit.gp_stats_missing;


If you run ANALYZE on a table that does not contain data, statistics are not collected for the table. For example, if you perform a TRUNCATE operation on a table that has statistics, and then run ANALYZE on the table, the statistics do not change.

For a partitioned table, specifying which portion of the table to analyze, the root partition or subpartitions (leaf child partition tables) can be useful if the partitioned table has a large number of partitions that have been analyzed and only a few leaf child partitions have changed.


When you create a partitioned table with the CREATE TABLE command, Greenplum Database creates the table that you specify (the root partition or parent table), and also creates a hierarchy of tables based on the partition hierarchy that you specified (the child tables).

  • When you run ANALYZE on the root partitioned table, statistics are collected for all the leaf child partitions. Leaf child partitions are the lowest-level tables in the hierarchy of child tables created by Greenplum Database for use by the partitioned table.

  • When you run ANALYZE on a leaf child partition, statistics are collected only for that leaf child partition and the root partition. If data in the leaf partition has changed (for example, you made significant updates to the leaf child partition data or you exchanged the leaf child partition), then you can run ANALYZE on the leaf child partition to collect table statistics. By default, if all other leaf child partitions have statistics, the command updates the root partition statistics.

    For example, if you collected statistics on a partitioned table with a large number partitions and then updated data in only a few leaf child partitions, you can run ANALYZE only on those partitions to update statistics on the partitions and the statistics on the root partition.

  • When you run ANALYZE on a child table that is not a leaf child partition, statistics are not collected.

    For example, you can create a partitioned table with partitions for the years 2006 to 2016 and subpartitions for each month in each year. If you run ANALYZE on the child table for the year 2013 no statistics are collected. If you run ANALYZE on the leaf child partition for March of 2013, statistics are collected only for that leaf child partition.

For a partitioned table that contains a leaf child partition that has been exchanged to use an external table, ANALYZE does not collect statistics for the external table partition:

  • If ANALYZE is run on an external table partition, the partition is not analyzed.
  • If ANALYZE or ANALYZE ROOTPARTITION is run on the root partition, external table partitions are not sampled and root table statistics do not include external table partition.
  • If the VERBOSE clause is specified, an informational message is displayed: skipping external table.

The Greenplum Database server configuration parameter optimizer_analyze_root_partition affects when statistics are collected on the root partition of a partitioned table. If the parameter is on (the default), the ROOTPARTITION keyword is not required to collect statistics on the root partition when you run ANALYZE. Root partition statistics are collected when you run ANALYZE on the root partition, or when you run ANALYZE on a child leaf partition of the partitioned table and the other child leaf partitions have statistics. If the parameter is off, you must run ANALZYE ROOTPARTITION to collect root partition statistics.

The statistics collected by ANALYZE usually include a list of some of the most common values in each column and a histogram showing the approximate data distribution in each column. One or both of these may be omitted if ANALYZE deems them uninteresting (for example, in a unique-key column, there are no common values) or if the column data type does not support the appropriate operators.

For large tables, ANALYZE takes a random sample of the table contents, rather than examining every row. This allows even very large tables to be analyzed in a small amount of time. Note, however, that the statistics are only approximate, and will change slightly each time ANALYZE is run, even if the actual table contents did not change. This may result in small changes in the planner's estimated costs shown by EXPLAIN. In rare situations, this non-determinism will cause the query optimizer to choose a different query plan between runs of ANALYZE. To avoid this, raise the amount of statistics collected by ANALYZE by adjusting the default_statistics_target configuration parameter, or on a column-by-column basis by setting the per-column statistics target with ALTER TABLE ... ALTER COLUMN ... SET (n_distinct ...) (see ALTER TABLE). The target value sets the maximum number of entries in the most-common-value list and the maximum number of bins in the histogram. The default target value is 100, but this can be adjusted up or down to trade off accuracy of planner estimates against the time taken for ANALYZE and the amount of space occupied in pg_statistic. In particular, setting the statistics target to zero deactivates collection of statistics for that column. It may be useful to do that for columns that are never used as part of the WHERE, GROUP BY, or ORDER BY clauses of queries, since the planner will have no use for statistics on such columns.

The largest statistics target among the columns being analyzed determines the number of table rows sampled to prepare the statistics. Increasing the target causes a proportional increase in the time and space needed to do ANALYZE.

One of the values estimated by ANALYZE is the number of distinct values that appear in each column. Because only a subset of the rows are examined, this estimate can sometimes be quite inaccurate, even with the largest possible statistics target. If this inaccuracy leads to bad query plans, a more accurate value can be determined manually and then installed with ALTER TABLE ... ALTER COLUMN ... SET STATISTICS DISTINCT (see ALTER TABLE).

When Greenplum Database performs an ANALYZE operation to collect statistics for a table and detects that all the sampled table data pages are empty (do not contain valid data), Greenplum Database displays a message that a VACUUM FULL operation should be performed. If the sampled pages are empty, the table statistics will be inaccurate. Pages become empty after a large number of changes to the table, for example deleting a large number of rows. A VACUUM FULL operation removes the empty pages and allows an ANALYZE operation to collect accurate statistics.

If there are no statistics for the table, the server configuration parameter gp_enable_relsize_collection controls whether the Postgres Planner uses a default statistics file or estimates the size of a table using the pg_relation_size function. By default, the Postgres Planner uses the default statistics file to estimate the number of rows if statistics are not available.


Collect statistics for the table mytable:

ANALYZE mytable;


There is no ANALYZE statement in the SQL standard.

See Also


Parent topic: SQL Commands

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