The CE’s job is to use statistics to determine how many rows will come back for any given operation in a query plan. SQL Server’s Cardinality Estimator changed a lot in 2014, and you need to understand which CE you’re using before you analyze your statistics.

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  • Is this video supposed to go before 03. Combining Multiple Single-Column Statistics? It feels out-of-place to introduce the cardinality estimator after you’ve deeply explored two applications in video 03 and 04.


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