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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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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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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How to change type from one owner to two different types of owners

I currently have (tables changed): User UserID uniqueidentifier, CompanyID uniqueidentifier, (for future reference) .. more unrelated fields (PK: UserID) UserRating UserID uniqueidentifier, ...
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Functional dependencies and candidate key example [closed]

Hi there I'm still learning for my examination and I got this exercise: A table is given: F-Name, F-Nation, Team-Name, Team-Nation ...
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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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How does one know when to stop normalizing?

Alright, so basically I feel that I tend to over-normalize things, and maybe I am doing it at the cost of performance. So, to illuminate on the problem, I have created the following schema to use as ...
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Decomposition of a relation to 2NF and 3NF

I am trying to solve this example, but for now I can't. Can somebody show me, step by step how to decompose this to 2NF and then to 3NF? R = {ABCDEF, ABC -> EF, B -> E, E -> D} key of this ...
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A question regarding the performance of normalization

I am sorry this is such a newb question, but it is one thing I am having a difficult time wrapping my mind around, and after an evening spent reading I finally just decided to ask for some ...
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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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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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One field with multiple values?

I know that what I'm asking can't be done or shouldn't be done, but I really don't know how to do it. This is the problem: 2 tables: - Drivers (id_driver, name, etc...) - Trucks (id_truck, model, ...
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Move Commonly-Repeated Fields into a new Table

I'm still at the design stage for a new system, and I've noticed there are several places where different types of object share similar fields. In this case, we have customers, offices, warehouses ...
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Normalise for a very small database?

I am designing a very small database (c. 250 rows). I have a number of datapoints for each record, which under normalization rules, ought to be in separate tables. For instance: Percentages of a ...
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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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Mobile Phone & Tariffs

I have designed database tables of Mobile Phones & Tariffs. It should support multiple mobile networks, sale type and the related affiliate. Points (for operators) are vary depending on the ...
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Boyce Codd Normal Form understanding

I have a knotty (at least for me) problem to solve. Normalize, with respect to Boyce Codd NF, the relational scheme E(A, B, C, D, E, F) by assuming that (A, B, C) is the unique candidate key and ...
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Database Normal Form (financial statement)

I would like some advice on how to design the database for financial statement data which objectively addresses the tradeoffs between usability, performance, maintenance and adherence to normal form. ...
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Dealing with co-dependent not null columns

Say I have a table entities (subclassed by people and organizations tables), where each entry requires a primary_email_id. The entities table looks like this: entities ======== id INT AUTO_INCREMENT ...
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Applying normalization to a relational Database (Access & SQL Server)

This question is pretty specific but I hope it can get answered on here. There is a wide range of information about normalization but I feel what I have read so far isn't as effective as just stating ...
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Best way to create relationship between multiple tables

I have a question about how to best handle a table that would be shared among multiple relationships, but shouldn't really be joined with all these tables. For example, suppose I have a table that has ...
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Is normalization advisable on transactional data?

I have read a lot of articles about normalized vs denormalized schemas, but I find very little mention of the cost of row insertion. I am considering the impact of converting a 100% denormalized ...
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How to break table into two without losing performance?

According to http://stackoverflow.com/a/174047/14731, splitting away infrequently-needed columns frees up the cache allowing faster retrieval of the commonly-used columns. I've got a table whose ...
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Is this SQL schema normalized according to 3NF?

This schema is for a sports statistics/data app Note: Pink background = string/char/varchar Yellow background = int/tinyint Green background = dateTime bold column = PRIMARY key id_* = FOREIGN ...
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Normalization of Time Series Data

I have a table containing various a/b test experiment performance on a daily basis. The table structure looks something like this: date | experiment | user_count | user_attr | sales ...
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Photo caption and keyword associations

I am creating a database that references images. Keywords and captions will be part of the metadata. These captions and keywords are not necessarily added to the photos with the intent of facilitating ...
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Does this break normalization?

I have an order table, and in the order table I have a contact_id. Now, each contact is linked to an account. For my order table, should I have both contact_id and account_id? If I wanted to say, ...
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Airline reservation system [closed]

I'm making a simple airline reservation system. But I'm not sure about the design decisions I made. Concretely, I'm trying to implement following constraints: each Aircraft can have one or more ...
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Attempting to identify transitive dependency

Hello I am attempting to identify a transitive dependency in the following diagram. I think that possibly the determinate of "Subtotal" is "Quantity" and "Price Charged" but I'm not sure if "subtotal" ...
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Design for hierarchical embedded database

The goal is to construct a hierarchical database of Objects having the following format: TypeA -> ObjectA [values, contains ObjectB*, ObjectC*, etc.] TypeB -> ObjectB [values, contains ...
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How to relate 2 tables to a third when the first 2 tables have a relationship?

For once, I find myself at an utter loss in terms of coming up with a good question title. Consider the three following tables. Each has additional columns, but only the columns relevant to the ...
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How can I normalize this database?

I've got legacy ecommerce database, which is awfully designed and I need to move all products from it to new solution. But I stuck with how product properties stored. So it basically has tens of ...
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Effectively modelling extended classes

I have 3 different types of content for a website, 'Article', 'Video', 'Review'. Each of those three types of content contain common fields and type specific fields. For this, I have created the ...
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Normalise an expenditure table in a budget database [closed]

We have a budget database that stores expenditure items per budget. There are over 100 expenditure items each having common attributes: Amount, Frequency, Comment. The table will have over 300 ...
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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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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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Most efficient way to structure segmented data

I am faced with a set of data which I am currently unsure on how to store efficiently. The data in question relates to a calendar which stores information on two different categories of event which ...
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what should be the good normalization for the following scenario?

ITS JUST FAKE TABLE DATA TO SIMPLIFY MY PROBLEM I have tables ,, Users , shirts, pants, belts .... each will have some data... so by some research i have made some scenarios of links between 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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Best way to store a function map

I am building a site where data gets filtered through user defined functions to create an output. It is a requirement that the functions are represented in the database as formulas. For example a ...
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Is it proper to make a grand-parent key, a primary key, in its grand-child, in a multi-level identifying relationship?

I'm modeling a DB for a conference ticketing system. In this system attendees are members of an attendee group, which belong to a conference. These relationships are identifying, and therefore FKs ...
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Normal Form question

Hey guys I am trying to study for an exam and I cant seem to get my head around normal forms. here is one question: R1 [a b c] fd1: {a,b} -> {c} fd2: c -> b I know the candidate keys are {a,b} {a,c} ...
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why this FD make 3NF?

Question like this: Consider the relation scheme ABCDEF satisfying the following functional dependencies: BC --> ADEF CD --> B E --> D BC is a key and designated as primary. Explain why the ...
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Decompose Relation R(ABCDE) in 2nf and 3nf

Given relation R(ABCDE) with functional dependencies A->C B->D AB->E Given: AB is the primary key. I know that this relation is in 1NF because of partial dependencies A->C and B->D Now how I ...
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Array column vs another table when the relationship is quite small

The Data I am creating a table of cities and their zip codes for the United States. Some zip codes have a list of acceptable cities, as designated by the USPS. For example, the zip code 36613 is ...
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No-SQL Database Design for restaurant app

I've been working with SQL databases all my life and I am now trying to get into the NoSQL world. I am a looking for a piece of advice on whats the best practice in order to achieve this. Suppose I ...
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Fourth Normal Form

It's been about ten years since I paid real attention to fourth normal form, and my understanding of multi-value dependencies has seriously waned. How far is this table from 4NF and why? CREATE TABLE ...
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Closure set of functional dependency

Can anyone tell me what is the use of finding the closure set of a functional dependency? I know how to find F+ from F but don't know the use of F+.
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How can I maintain old information after an update?

I am having an issue figuring out a solution to not lose old information. For example, customers can place many orders. Let's a customer, Mary, makes her 1st order in 2013. Fast-forward to 2014, ...
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Trying to get BCNF out of this relation

The table is: Employee ( EID, Ename, PID, ProjectName, MID, ManagerName ) For the functional dependencies I got: EID==>(Ename) PID==>(ProjectName) ...
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Transforming table to third normal form

I have a table like this: L(A, B, C, D, E) and functional dependencies are: AB -> CDE , C -> D, D-> B, D -> E. I need to transform this table into 3NF. I think it's not even in 2NF. I found 3 ...