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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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Should I extract / normalize the mailing address despite requirements limiting number / type of addresses?

I currently am working on a contacts application (similar to Outlook contacts combined with eVites and LinkedIn). The requirements for the application are to limit the addresses (and phone / email ...
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Good idea to include summary of frequently accessed data from another foreign-keyed table?

Sorry for poor title, I'll try to explain it in more detail here. I have an application that often gets a row from table A, then looks up a column from that in a foreign key mapping table (table B), ...
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Simple table normalisation

In raw form, I have data with 2 columns: skills in welsh and stats for that skill. For storing these information in a database, would it be best to combine the stats with the categories, or split ...
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How to normalize data en-masse?

Goal: Extract address fields from a users table into a separate addresses table linked by foreign key. I have created the structure below, and have millions of rows to deal with. I need to do this ...
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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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Relations, dependencies and normal form

I have some issues in understanding about relations and dependencies. I will show two examples and what I want to know: Assume the relation GTX {G,T,X} with the following dependencies: G,X -> T ...
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store country name or country id [closed]

I am designing a database layout for a site. Agents registering on the site will have to enter their address including the country. Later I will build a dashboard where you would be able to ...
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School database design

I am trying to design a database management system with my PHP and intermediate MySQL knowledge, keeping normalization in mind. These are the assumptions: The school has many students from grade 1 ...
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UNF to 3NF is this relation workable?

I've inherited a flat table of data consisting of around 2 million records. Looking at the data its already in 1NF, i'd like to get this into 3NF. The data is Australian so suburb can't determine ...
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3rd Normal Form violation?

I've got a photo review type of application, where the customer wants to have an option for the user to flag issues with the photos. So, for instance, a photo could be tagged as "fuzzy," "grainy," or ...
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Questions regarding second normal form

I understand that in order to fulfill 2.NF, attributes must not be dependent on part of the key. Now, the question is, let's say we have a relation R with a set of attributes {A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J,K} ...
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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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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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how to convert a table into second normal form

I am really struggling to convert the table into second normal form ive tryed examples which are much easier however i can't seem to be able to identify the keys for this one and work my way forward. ...
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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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How can a database be normalized when an optional field causes denormalization?

Suppose you have a warehouse full of widgets. Each widget in the warehouse is stored in a specific identifiable location within the warehouse. You might have a schema which looks like this: A ...
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How would I change this relational model to fit a nosql database?

Because of things beyond my control, I have to switch from a relational database to MongoDB for the advertising platform I'm helping to build. I've got a relational schema sketched out, but I'm unsure ...
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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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Challenge: Build MySQL table that's not in first normal form [closed]

I have read numerous books and articles about database design and SQL in which it is said that a database should be in first normal form (1NF). (Some then go on to describe situations in which it may ...
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Is this table in 3NF?

I have a table person with attributes: id name city state country id is the primary key. Is this table in 3NF? If 1000 people live in same city it seems redundant to store the same data for state, ...
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Functional Dependencies and Normal Forms

I'm trying to grasp the concepts of functional dependencies and normal forms, specifically first (1NF), second (2NF), and third (3NF) normal forms. The link here was extremely helpful in deciding the ...
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Column partially determining accepted values of another column, should be somehow normalized?

I have a table that describes a set of properties (yes it's metadata, in this case there's a valid reason to have it in the database); among other things I tell the type of the data that can be ...
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BCNF when no keys are available

I have a problem understanding a particular case of BCNF. Let's suppose that we have a relation R(B, C, D) with df:{C->D}. Is my relation in BCNF and if yes why??? Is C considered as superkey?
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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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Normalization/normal forms - May a field describe an other field?

Like this: CREATE TABLE persons( id serial8 NOT NULL PRIMARY KEY, name varchar, -- A lot of other fields date_of_birth timestamp with time zone, date_of_birth_precision ...
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Refactoring/normalization - but almost empty table

I normalized a legacy DB into this structure: But I'm not sure if it is correctly normalized. I don't feel very comfortable with the almost empty filters table. The requirements A group contains ...
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Unable to decompose this relation to BCNF

I have a relation R = { A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I } And functional dependencies F ={ ABC -> DE E -> C AB -> F C -> G F -> H H -> IJ F -> B } I am able to do simple BCNF ...
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Best relational database structure for this data

I'm in the process of creating a database scheme for the following scenario: There are users Users have roles (such as "Developer" or "CEO") Roles have applications (such as "Topdesk") Applications ...
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Approach to Analyzing Database Requirements

When presented with requirements for a database driven system, I always find it useful to imagine a world with no computers, where data records were kept in filing cabinets and data was collected by ...
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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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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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Best practices for history/temporal tables?

Suppose I have an object, with certain fields which I want to track history, and certain fields which I do not want to track history. From a normalization perspective, is the following schema alright: ...
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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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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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Database functional dependency BCNF help

I understand most of BCNF and have been able to complete numerous problems with it, I'm just having trouble applying it to the following situation: R(A,B,C,D,E) FDs: { A->D; BE->A; CD->E } Here's ...
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Same product name with different price in different states

Consider the price of products in the table differs in each state. If the price varies in district I also have to mention it. How can I do this for more than 5 states? product Name Price ...
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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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How to have a one-to-many relationship with a privileged child?

I want to have a one-to-many relationship in which for each parent, one or zero of the children is marked as a “favorite.” However, not every parent will have a child. (Think of the parents as ...
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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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Question regarding 2NF partial key dependency

If the functional depencies are AB-->CD BC-->D IS the relation still in 2NF?,I mean since AB is the key and the 2nd BC,out of which B is part of the key,is the relation still in 2NF??
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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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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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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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Normalized Table Structure for Logging

How can I normalize a table that has four columns for logging the latest activity for a single record: Created On Created By Modified On Modified By We have dozens of tables, all with these 4 ...
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Difficulty in finding Candidate Keys

I have an homework which should be submitted tomorrow I normaly know normalization concepts but in some questions I have difficulty. How should i normalize this to BCNF? Can you show the steps please? ...
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Splitting a column to normalized table

I have a de-normalized table as Original De-Normalized Table id text 23 first,second|third,fourth,fifth|sixth I want to normalize the database to create the following tables Table 1: (Split by ...
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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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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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Does my design adhere to 3NF?

I created this schema with OpenOffice. Does this design adhere to 3NF ? (A relationship link between Equipment and Supplier_Equipment , Customer and Membership should be created but OpenOffice ...
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Stroring a type of an entry

There is a table estate with numeric fields districtru and districthe (for a name of a district in Russian and Hebrew), which refer to primary keys of the table districts. The districts table has the ...