Find most used data type in Vertica database

Bart Gawrych - Dataedo Team Bart Gawrych 2019-10-31

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    Query below returns data types used in a database ordered by the number of their occurance.


    with sum_all as(
        select count(distinct table_id) as tables,
               count(column_name) as columns
        from v_catalog.columns
    select t.type_name,
           count(distinct c.table_id) as tables,
           100*round(count(distinct c.table_id)/ sums.tables,4) as percent_tables,
           count(*) as columns,
           100*round(count(*)/ sums.columns, 4) as percent_columns
    from v_catalog.columns c
    join v_catalog.types t
         on c.data_type_id = t.type_id
    join sum_all sums on true
    group by t.type_name,
    order by columns desc,
             tables desc;


    • type_name - built in or user data type without length or precision, e.g. int, varchar or date
    • tables - number of tables in a database with this data type
    • percent_tables - percentage of tables with columns with this data type.
    • columns - number of columns in a database with this data type
    • percent_columns - percentage of columns with this data type. Rows add up to 100%.


    • One row represents one data type
    • Scope of rows: all data types used in a database
    • Ordered by number of columns descending, number of tables descending

    Sample results

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