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Snippet Name: Find Worst Performing Indexes

Description: This script shows the top 10 worst indexes (in terms of selectivity %) on the whole MySQL server instance. Selectivity is the percentage of distinct values in an indexed field compared to the number of records in the table.

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Author: CoderZone
Language: MYSQL
Highlight Mode: MYSQL
Last Modified: March 01st, 2009

/*
SQL script to grab the worst performing indexes
in the whole server
*/
SELECT
  t.TABLE_SCHEMA AS `db`
 , t.TABLE_NAME AS `table`
 , s.INDEX_NAME AS `inde name`
 , s.COLUMN_NAME AS `field name`
 , s.SEQ_IN_INDEX `seq in index`
 , s2.max_columns AS `# cols`
 , s.CARDINALITY AS `card`
 , t.TABLE_ROWS AS `est rows`
 , ROUND(((s.CARDINALITY / IFNULL(t.TABLE_ROWS, 0.01)) * 100), 2) AS `sel %`
FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.STATISTICS s
 INNER JOIN INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLES t
  ON s.TABLE_SCHEMA = t.TABLE_SCHEMA
  AND s.TABLE_NAME = t.TABLE_NAME
 INNER JOIN (
  SELECT 
     TABLE_SCHEMA
   , TABLE_NAME
   , INDEX_NAME
   , MAX(SEQ_IN_INDEX) AS max_columns
  FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.STATISTICS
  WHERE TABLE_SCHEMA != 'mysql'
  GROUP BY TABLE_SCHEMA, TABLE_NAME, INDEX_NAME
 ) AS s2
 ON s.TABLE_SCHEMA = s2.TABLE_SCHEMA
 AND s.TABLE_NAME = s2.TABLE_NAME
 AND s.INDEX_NAME = s2.INDEX_NAME
WHERE t.TABLE_SCHEMA != 'mysql'                         /* Filter out the mysql system DB */
AND t.TABLE_ROWS > 10                                   /* Only tables with some rows */
AND s.CARDINALITY IS NOT NULL                           /* Need at least one non-NULL value in the field */
AND (s.CARDINALITY / IFNULL(t.TABLE_ROWS, 0.01)) < 1.00 /* Selectivity < 1.0 b/c unique indexes are perfect anyway */
ORDER BY `sel %`, s.TABLE_SCHEMA, s.TABLE_NAME          /* Switch to `sel %` DESC for best non-unique indexes */
LIMIT 10;
 
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