Normalization is the process of organizing columns into tables within a relational database in such a way as to minimize redundancy and avoid insertion, update and deletion anomalies.

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What is best practice to organize / normalize database tables?

I manage group that uses a database that is about 12 years old. There are more than 200 tables / views that have been created by various people over the years, many of them no longer with us. Most ...
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Best design for a many:many relationship issue

We have three types of entity, each with their own table: table:A(a_id), table:B(b_id), table:C(c_id) Each of these entities can have any number of email addresses and linked Twitter accounts. ...
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I need help to migrate denormalized table content to normalized form- MS Access

I have a staff database where we are storing information in Normalized form. There are 3 entity tables and 2 mapping tables connecting these with m-n relationships However, for ease of collecting ...
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Database Normalization

If someone could guide me on helping me understand if my results are correct I would appreciate that. Let's say I have the following table: BOOK(BookTitle, AuthorName, BookType, ListPrice, ...
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Is normalization process needed?

Well after learning DBMS as a subject i got so many questions in mind. Normalization is one of them. As i learnt it there was a lot more confusion and i found that whatever we do in normalization ...
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Database normalization: Describing trait - foreign key to table, or varchar field with value?

My colleagues and I are having a discussion about the normalization of descriptive traits in the database, such as "status" or "type". Let's call the central table of the discussion "Order". In my ...
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Two-column foreign key constraint only when third column is NOT NULL

Given the following tables: CREATE TABLE verified_name ( id SERIAL PRIMARY KEY, name TEXT NOT NULL, email TEXT NOT NULL, UNIQUE (name, email) ); CREATE ...
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How to normalize data based only on the repetitions

Given a non-normalized data table, is there a good a strategy to attempt to normalize based on repeated data? Assume we have no information about the significance of the columns. In a small example ...
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First Normal Form, why is it good and how does it reduce redundancy

I asked a similar question on SO and was advised to ask the type of question here. This is for a course on relational databases. A sample problem asks "how come every table in a relational database ...
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Decomposition of a relation to 2NF then to 3NF

I'm currently studying for my exams and the trouble I am having is how to decompose a relation R with given functional dependencies into 2NF then 3NF. For example for the following R and functional ...
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Does my table violate normalization rules?

I am developing an emulator for a game. My item table looks like this: -- ---------------------------- -- Table structure for `items` -- ---------------------------- DROP TABLE IF EXISTS `items`; ...
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How to model schedule and keep good constraints?

I have some data that I am having a hard time modeling. Particularly, I am unsure of how I can ensure that I have unique data. This is for a schedule where I am assigning teams to stores. A team will ...
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Why is this relation in 3NF?

I have a relation: R4 = {{T,U,V}, {T → U, U → T, T → V}} I know from looking at the answer key that this relation is in BCNF. I'm going through the process of rigorously determining what normal ...
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Writing to a DKNF database, but reading from a de-normalized table for performance?

Would the following approach be reasonable? The Goal: queries have to be relatively fast, but without the hassles incurred by writing to a de-normalized database. The Context: A database for ...
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Normalizing nearly identical tables

Background I'm managing a relatively small database project in which we are adding support for reporting involving status updates for items in out product table. I was bit thrown into this and I've ...
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Database design for conditional detail table

I have an expense management system for monthly expenses. Expenses are of two types: one-time monthly expenses, and daily expenses for each day of month. I have created the following tables: ...
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Simple scenario needs to go from Unnormalized Data to 3NF - Review Please

NOTE: The Question has been updated. View Edit Revisions to view original question. The scenario. An animal charity that at the moment, track their establishment's costs via a spreadsheet like so: ...
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design of maintenance database

Lets say i am designing a database that tracks maintenance of equipment. Each piece of equipment has various fields that usually don't change eg. ID, model, serial number etc. Some fields change ...
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Dependency preserving and lossless join decompositions

I have a relation: R = {A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J} And a set of functional dependencies: G = {AB -> C, A -> DE, B -> F, F -> GH, and D -> IJ} I ended up decomposing into two ...
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Confusion normalizing data to 3NF and transitive dependencies

I am currently in a Database class and have some confusion with normalizing to 3NF. I have one specific issue that was not addressed in class but appears in the book problems. For example I have R ...
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Normalisation of practise database [closed]

I am a newbie to database design, and I'm a bit confused about how to create a database with minimum redundancy. Suppose I have a table abc with repetition of data in it and no two rows are same. Now ...
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MySQL Database Normalization Foreign Keys. One to Many relationship. With Diagram

Here is my database design. I've been doing a lot of reading and still don't really know what I'm doing. Hoping you guys had tips! My DB will have millions of entries. Many "People" rows will have ...
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Why is a Star Schema more normalized than a 3NF Schema?

According to Oracle's documentation, third normal form schemas "may require less data-transformation than more normalized schemas such as star schemas". I'm confused, I thought 3NF is the most ...
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Does this database table violate normalization rules?

I’m working with Access 2010. I’m developing a database for a public art program – we paint large scale murals on walls. The database tracks blank walls in the city as potential sites for murals. It ...
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Why wouldn't I put the single preferred option into its own table, instead of having a 'Preferred' column?

In similar spirit to How to implement a 'default' flag that can only be set on a single row I would like to specify that, for any given list of possible names for a business, only one of the ...
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On modeling pairs with a possibly empty second element

EDIT: I've made the post significantly shorter. I hope it's more digestible now. Consider the following schema: CREATE TABLE X ( x TEXT PRIMARY KEY ); CREATE TABLE Y ( y TEXT PRIMARY ...
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Database design for bookmark system

I am creating a bookmark system where people can save their bookmarks. Each user has its own personal page with bookmarks. A bookmark should have atleast one tag and max five. Each user can create ...
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To normalize or not to normalizde? (10 fields)

I'm helping someone to design a database and for a specific case I'm not sure. I have 10 fields - this will never change - that will always be filled and used in every query that could be coming up. ...
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Design consideration regarding state handling: how to store multiple, variable states for one entity [closed]

First I have to admit that I'm not a database professional neither are my colleagues. For a new project my colleagues and me came to a design question we couldn't really solve easily. And all the ...
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Normalisation from 1NF to 3NF

I need some guidance on normalisation from 1st Normal Form to 3rd Normal form. I have already set up my database which is working fine but needed to show some normalisation to show that I did do some ...
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Separate or Combine 2 Tables with Similar Attributes?

I have two kind of users in my business system: Customer and Employee. Both user have Username, Password, Fullname, Phone Number, Email, and other similar attributes. I have a difficulty to ...
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3NF decomposition + database normalization

I am studying for a test and would like to know if I am on the right track to get the following into 3NF with minimal number of keys for R: Given relation R(A,B,C,D,E,F,G) and the functional ...
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Multiple values in lookup fields

I know newer versions of MS Access allow multiple selections in lookup fields. For example, if I'm collecting information on my students, I can have a field called Race with lookup values that ...
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Method to Obtain LossLess Join BCNF Decomposition

I have been told a way to obtain loss less join BCNF but I don't know how to calculate candidate keys(also called super key in some cases) and trivial Dependency. I have been given a relation R = ...
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Reporting on a normalized Key-Value pivot

ERD & SQL Fiddle provided. We're trying to design a reporting tool for our stakeholders around a normalized Key-Value Pair model. We've tried to find a solution using Pivot Tables but can't seem ...
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Should database be denormalized if I need an index across multiple tables

I have a catalog of album and song names. The song has a foreign key to the album table. I expect queries like: SELECT * FROM song s JOIN album a ON a.id = s.album_id WHERE LOWER(CONCAT_WS(' ', ...
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Problem with reaching second normal form in a database

I'm currently taking an Databases/Database server course as a part of my education, and for this week we have been assigned a simple project to complete. I'm facing a problem regarding normalization. ...
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Why is dynamic pivoting not supported?

TL;DR What is the reason that in 2013 we still can't define a VIEW that displays some pivoted data with a dynamic column set. TL;DR/2 Is pivoting data a denormalization technique? First: Not going ...
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Can I normalize my experimental data table further?

I am attempting to get a MySQL database to 3NF, but I'm unsure as to how to get there. I'm new to database design, so please correct me if my understanding is incorrect. I have 6 columns: ...
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Help with normalization - Homework

I'm confusing myself a lot here. I did this before however have never got the hang of it. So I really need help, main issue is 2nf I just get the dependencies completely wrong. So I am practising ...
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Record with variable number of columns?

I am trying to model a cable mapping for devices. Each device has multiple cards, and each of those cards has multiple ports. Since both the number of cards and ports vary, I am confused on how to ...
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To normalize or not to normalize for few distinct values

Assuming in a Postgres database, you have a table called party, which can have less than 5 well-defined party_types such as 'Person' or 'Organization'. Would you store the party_type in the party ...
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Normalization: 'zip code' as a primary key

I've seen frequently that you should not have all address fields (zip, street, city, state, country, etc) in the same table as your user info table (pk_id, name, email... ). This would be in ...
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How to design tables such that a person can work for many companies? [closed]

Database design such that a person can work for many companies?
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What and How is the ID antipattern?

What is the ID antipattern and why / under which circumstances is it considered an antipattern? The id antipattern is having a unique ID column in each table. The ID is generated for each new ...
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History table design for supertype/subtype

I'm designing an asset management database that tracks IT hardware. I decided to use a supertype/subtype design. I'm at a point where I want to track history of changes for devices. I wanted to use a ...
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Query regarding normalization of the relations

I am given a case study of Event Management to develop an ER model and based on it its normalization forms and relational schema. Now i have developed my ER Model based on the SRS that i have ...
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Users Characteristics

I'm really battling an issue where I have a Users table that has a growing number of user characteristics (regligion, smoking preferences, etc). The strategy I've used thus far has been to add a ...
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Complex query with multiple normalized fields

We have a fairly simple table structure, but with a LOT of fields per table (talking 40+). This data is initially produced in plain-text, user-readable tables, but then it is translated into ...
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Index optimization on a view using a full outer join

Table structure: Foo FooChild Bar --- -------- --- ID ID ID Date FooID Date ...