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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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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Need help about normalizing database to 3NF

I am currently working on a city travel guide application which let users explore places and plan trip. In the account module, the following functions are to be considered: User can register by ...
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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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Generating Invoices and Tracking

Every 2 weeks, the system will generate the invoices for the companies. Company will receive an invoice on the 1st and 16th every month. (It will run via Cron Job every 2 week. It scan through the ...
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Transforming a relation to 3NF

I'm trying to transform the following relation to 3NF but can't figure it out. The relation is (a student can only have 1 major): STUDENT (StuID, StuName, Major), Primary Key = {StuID} I tried the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What are the pros and cons of using my customer codes as a primary key?

I am designing a database for one of my sales teams. Right now, the goal is to get a master list of customers and their mailing addresses, but the DB will eventually expand to track some other ...
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DB Design: Looking for Performance improvement with a Column used in all SQL Queries

I recently got added to a new ASP .NET Project(A web application) .There were recent performance issues with the application, and I am in a team with their current task to Optimize some slow running ...
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Building dependence between regional data (Street -> City -> PostalCode -> Country)

I'm in the process of designing a database to contain regional data to be used inside a CRM system. So, a user suspects that things like the city or country are automatically filled (or maybe just ...
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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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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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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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Denormalization Strategies: When is it appropriate to create redundancy for faster querying?

So I sometimes see databases purposely add redundant information for faster querying. I saw that this was mentioned here but I was wondering when would this be better than indexing, or creating a view?...
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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 key ...
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Creating a table with many optional fields

I am a developer (student) looking for some advice on what best approach should I follow while creating a table to model an entity that has a number of optional fields. There exists a need to model ...
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3NF Decomposition - I'm not sure about this example

I am trying to make sense of an example of 3NF decomposition using the 4-step algorithm mentioned by Ullman here, but I'm not understanding what my lecturer is doing with the last step (or, worse, I'm ...
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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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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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database normalization to 3NF [closed]

I am just at a complete lost. I need help with this. There should be 12 tables (or perhaps 11 since one table has just a single attribute) when you are finished with the normalization and merging of ...
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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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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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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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Database Normalization - Can one field point to another?

This may sound like a dumb question, but I am a software developer new to database design... So the concept makes sense to me, but maybe this doesn't carry-- Is it possible for a field in a record ...
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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 3NF require 2NF?

I am a bit confused with the definition of 3NF. According to Wikipedia: The third normal form (3NF) is a normal form used in database normalization. 3NF was originally defined by E.F. Codd in ...
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Users_With_Messages Table normal form

I have the following tables in my database: Above these tables (not pictured) is a Users table where the SendingUserId and ReceivingUserId are keyed onto (they are foreign keys). Are these tables ...
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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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Normalization of irregular relations?

I have two tables in MySQL: The orders table CREATE TABLE `orders` ( `id` int(10) unsigned NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT, `transaction_id` varchar(20) COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci DEFAULT NULL, `task_id` ...
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When normalizing a relational database, should multiple “type” tables be combined into one?

Before making substantial changes to the content, functionality and design of my website (I'll be refactoring everything, almost a complete rewrite), I'm setting up a new PostgreSQL database to hold ...
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Decomposing table into BCNF that preserves dependencies

I have a relation like R(A,B,C) and dependencies like A->B , B->C , A->C I think the relation is in 2NF as candidate key is A. AFAIK when there is only one candidate key then the ...
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Decomposing into 2NF

I'm currently studying normalization. I know how to normalize the data for given unnormalized list. But I found this question in our past papers. I don't know how to answer to it. Q. Decompose R{a,...
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Is two unrelated tables with foreign keys to a third table breaking first normal form?

I was wondering if this breaks first normal form. AddressTable Id - PK Street City State BusinessTable Id - PK BusinessName AddressId - FK PersonTable Id ...
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Airport Database Design guidance required

I am trying to make a generic database for airport management and DBMS would be oracle 11g xe. Since, i am amateur and still learning so i have tried to kept the problem statement simple with limited ...
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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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Rules for Decomposition to 2 NF

I am struggling with the concept of 2NF form. Lets say I have a set of functional dependencies for R1(A,B,C,D,E,H,M,K) Where : B -> M,C AB -> D DH -> E H -> K A -> H Whenever I ...
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loading k:v pairs from DB into JS Object

I'm creating a single player web RPG. I'm debating the following method of storing/retrieving quest items per player id: In userstats table, have a quest_items column of type mediumtext, where I ...
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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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Database normalization tables

I am creating a database for a very basic website. I have created the tables and put what I thought might be the correct schema, however I am having doubts about it as well as a couple problems. All ...
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Normalization to BCNF help needed

I have a table with 5 columns as A, B, C, D, and E. The functional dependencies are: AB -> C,D,E BCD -> A BCE -> A,D BD -> E I think AB is the candidate key. I can't find any other candidates. ...
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Difference in the workload related to data-amount and search option

A couple of days ago I was asked why it is necessary to use the first normal form also for separation of names. We have a table which stores private customers (Name+Surname;Information) and business ...
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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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UK Addresses in 3NF

I am in the process of creating a UK only database which holds information for various sets of people i.e. Staff, Clients etc. The tables for each of these sets of people have an Address, City and ...
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Is this design in 3NF? Why to choose another design not in 3NF

Having the following entities: Objects, Parts, Subparts and Items, and given the following design restrictions: A Part belongs to one and only one Object. A Subpart belongs to one and only one Part. ...
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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 ObjectC*,...