Assume that you use SQL Server 2016 or 2017. You will notice that ALTER INDEX REORGANIZE skips over the rowgroup with DICTIONARY_SIZE, regardless of how many deleted rows exist in the rowgroup.  When you do a merge operation, this improvement will increase the index efficiency by using a threshold that is the number of deleted rows in the rowgroup.


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