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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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Proper Use of Lookup Tables

I'm having trouble figuring out exactly how to place good boundaries for when and where to use lookup tables in a database. Most sources I've looked at say that I can never have too many but, at some ...
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Why can't RDBM's cluster the way NoSQL does?

One of the big plusses for nosql DBMS is that they can cluster more easily. Supposedly with NoSQL you can create hundreds of cheap machines that store different pieces of data and query it all at ...
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How should I design a relationship table for friendship?

If A is a friend of B, then should I store both values AB and BA, or one is enough? What are the advantages and disadvantages of both methods. Here is my observation: If I keep both then I have to ...
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What standard should I follow when naming tables and views?

What standard should I follow when naming tables and views? For instance, is it a good idea to put something like tbl_ at the beginning of table names? Should I designate code/lookup tables in some ...
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Is this partial dependency?

I have this relation: R = ABCDE F: AB->DE, AC->B, DE->C, AE->C, C->AB. Is AC->B a partial dependency in F? I'm guessing it is, because C->AB can be decomposed to C->A C->B ...
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Multi-Tiered Database Design Issue

I am trying to build the multi-level model as demonstrated. When a user creates a campaign they will select some categories and some metros from tables Category and Metro. Those selections will then ...
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Arbitrarily ordering records in a table

A common need when using a database is to access records in order. For example, if I have a blog, I want to be able to reorder my blog posts in arbitrary order. These entries often have lots of ...
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How do Application Like Yelp Retrieve distance information from data base efficiently

For example, say I have a table: Business(BusinessID, Lattitude, Longitude) All are indexed of course. Also there are 1 million records Say I want to find businesses closest to 106,5, for example, ...
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Transform XPath map into XML document using relational data [closed]

Background Most modern databases have XML functions that can be used to extract data in an XML format. I want to avoid the task of manually calling XML functions to extract the data. This problem ...
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Why does ANSI SQL define SUM(no rows) as NULL?

The ANSI SQL standard defines (chapter 6.5, set function specification) the following behaviour for aggregate functions on empty result sets: COUNT(...) = 0 AVG(...) = NULL MIN(...) = NULL MAX(...) = ...
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Explaining 2NF vs 3NF with an example

I have a problem with second normal form (2NF) and I have been unable to solve it by using Google. It is making me crazy because I am a teacher and I don't want to teach wrong stuff to my students. ...
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How to normalize Time Sheet data?

I am having a terrible time finding an appropriate way to store this data in a database. The current excel (simple) version looks something like this: http://i.stack.imgur.com/BEZOw.png Staff and ...
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Two relationships to same table

i have one transaction table, each transaction has 5-6 contacts involved. each contact has the same fields like name, address, cell, email etc. So the best thing I guess is to use the same contact ...
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Heterogeneous ordered list of value

I have the following object model: class A { List<Thing> orderedListOfThings; } interface Thing { } class X implements Thing { int attr; } class Y implements Thing { String ...
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Database relation

Let's say I have 2 tables: A and B in relation one-to-one. CREATE DATABASE test; USE test; CREATE TABLE A ( a1 int, a2 int, Ab1 int, -- optional foreign key PRIMARY KEY(a1) ); CREATE TABLE B ( b1 ...
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What are the practical uses for relational calculus?

In my Database Design course we are learning both Relational Algebra and Relational Calculus. I can see where Relational Algebra could be useful since it is closely tied to SQL. Our professor said ...
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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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Best data modeling approch to handle redundant foreign keys in relational model

I am looking for advice on the best relational modeling approach to store surveys, questions, and responses. I am looking for which of the two approaches below looks best, or an alternative approach ...
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How to insert values in junction table for many to many relationships?

I have three tables in database: trips(trip_id(pk), trip_name(unique), user_id(fk)) places(place_id(pk), place_name(unique)) trips_places_asc(trip_id(fk), place_id(fk)) Since many trips can ...
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Foreign Keys with Composite Key

Imagine I have a table with the following dependency: (Name, BoughtFrom, TimeBought) --> Cost Where the three attributes in bold form a composite primary key for the table. Now then, I want to ...
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Relational Model vs. Database Products [closed]

The formal Relational Model (logical level) for databases is not exactly the same thing as you get with MySQL, Oracle or other major products / implementations of ‘relational’ database management ...
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Relational algebra question

Here is the relational schema given : employee (person-name , street, city) works (person-name, company-name, salary) company (company-name, city) manages (person-name, manager-name) Q: Find the ...
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How to create a one to one relationship

DROP DATABASE if exists test; CREATE DATABASE test; USE test; CREATE TABLE A( a1 int not null, a2 int, PRIMARY KEY (a1) ); CREATE TABLE B( b1 int not null, b2 int, PRIMARY KEY (b1) ); How can I ...
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Parent/child relationship or not if the name of the field implies the relationship?

I am working with the harmonized system and try to catalog this in a MySQL database. This works for example like this: 01 LIVE ANIMALS 0101 horses, asses, mules and hinnies, live 0102 bovine ...
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What are the possible risks involved in partitioning large database tables? [closed]

There has been much talk about the benefits of table partitioning in Relational DBMS. I would like to know: Are there any risks to table partitioning ? What measures are there to take to minimize ...