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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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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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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What model design supports both data store backed and free form entries?

I have an application where users are tracking a workflow around producing a derivative work from an existing Book. The derivative work, we'll call "BookDerivative" must have a book that it relates to ...
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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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SQL table design for primary keys (best practice)

I have a User table that contains the following fields ID (Auto-generated GUID) UserName Password FirstName LastName Email AddressID (GUID) This is linked to the table Address (1-1 relation) which ...
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Confusion in BCNF

I understood all the three normal forms which comes before BCNF but when it comes to the BCNF i am finding it extremely confusing and difficult and over the net also i found no good tutorial on it. ...
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Constraint many to many table between two child tables

New to this exchange site so I hope my question isn't inappropriate. Creating a somewhat normalized database I had one design problem I'm not sure how to handle efficiently. One table has 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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Is DB Normalization done purely based on the primary key or is it done based on all the candidate keys?

I have come across two flavours of the normalization procedure while referring the internet and textbooks. viz. Type 1. Normal forms based only on the primary key. In this type, -> 2NF disallows ...
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General Question on how to setup db's for a social networking site

I am currently responsible for designing the entire database setup for a start up website. It is quite a responsibility and I want to get it right, not only for the site, but for my own experience. ...
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Normalization: Is it considered compliant to split static, numeric values like a year into their own table?

I am having an interesting discussion with another database designer about normalization. In this example, we have a GameTitles table and each record must contain the year in which the game was ...
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Storing arrays of integers in database (for efficient select)

I am creating a database that will store 100.000 (and probably more in the future) users. While this obviously happens in a table with 1 row per user, every user can (and will) store hundreds of ...
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Normalization Exercise Resources

I want to sharpen my database normalization skills. Where can I find good quality beginner-to-advanced level exercises (with solutions) on the web ?
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Database Design Issues

My question consists of three parts: When can I be sure that my database design is perfect? Is returning to the database design to change some issues (i.e, adding new column, deleting a column, ...
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Using IDs from multiple tables in a single column

One of my co-workers created a schema similar to the following. This is a simplified schema including only the parts necessary to address this question. The system rules are as follows: ...
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Query to normalize table/combine row text

I have a table (call it oldTable) with columns like so: ID (int),Rank (int),TextLineNumber (int),SomeText (varchar) The primarykey is multi-part: ID+Rank+TextLineNumber. I'm trying to ...
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When to apply normalization in database design

Hello database administrators. Recently, I have been reading about normalization in order to improve my database design skills. However, I am a bit confused about when to apply this technique. Prior ...
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IIS access log to SQL normalization

I am looking for insert IIS 6.0 access log ( 5 servers, and over 400MB daily ) to SQL database. What scares me is the size. There is a lot of information you are duplicating (i.e. site name, url, ...
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Multilingual Dictionary Database question

Let's say someone is coding a multilingual dictionary in PHP, and he wants to let people submit both words and definitions in English and Spanish, but wants to track it so they can be filtered. ...
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Do higher normalized forms always meet the criteria of lower ones?

For example, a database that is 3NF is always 1NF and 2NF; does this hold for 4, 5, and 6?