This tutorial shows how to optimize pattern-matching requests in PostgreSQL and YugabyteDB by applying several indexing strategies. Since YugabyteDB is built on PostgreSQL source code, the strategies work for both single-server PostgreSQL deployments and multi-node YugabyteDB clusters.

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Let’s begin by building out an example.  Assume you have a table that stores user profiles. One of the columns is the user’s first name. Then, let’s find all the users whose name starts with An and is an arbitrary length. For that, we can use a pattern-matching query like  WHERE firstname LIKE ‘An%’.

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