OK, so this is interesting. I've got a few answers to my last survey (Tipping Point Query #1) and well, there's a good mix of answers (and, yes, some are correct! ;)). Be sure to go back and review that last post so that you can evaluate it and these two tipping point questions completely. So, now I want to see if people really know the basis of "the tipping point".

Try these two:

Tipping Point Query #2

Table1 (t1) has 1 million rows at 100 rows per page. The table has 10,000 pages. A nonclustered index exists (on name) but it does not cover the query. At what percentage (of the table) is this nonclustered index no longer selective enough to use:


Tipping Point Query #3

Table2 (t2) has 1 million rows at 2 rows per page. The table has 500,000 pages. A nonclustered index exists (on name) but it does not cover the query. At what percentage (of the table) is this nonclustered index no longer selective enough to use:


OK, so I'd really love to see quite a few responses to these *3* "tipping point" questions. I PROMISE to do a nice long (and detailed) post for what is the actual tipping point AND the answers to all three of these questions. I'll explain the math as well as how you can generalize "what is selective enough" so that you can better create your nonclustered indexes!!!

Thanks for reading – and responding to these brain teasers!!

Cheers,
kt

PS – It's snowing here (ah…again)… maybe I'll spend the day creating brain teasers??! Do you guys like this kind of a post? (well, I suppose you won't really know until I post the answer part of it… but, just in general??). I think it's pretty cool. But, don't worry, I won't (nor will Paul) make all of my posts surveys. But, I think this is a really good one. I'm anxious to see if the asnwers come in correctly for these two as well! Have at it!