Questions tagged [relational-theory]

On this site this tag applies to questions about Relational Model theory. The Relational Model for database management is an approach to managing data using a structure and language consistent with first-order predicate logic. In the Relational Model of a database, all data is represented in terms of tuples, grouped into relations. A database organized in terms of the Relational Model is a relational database.

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Is my db too big for my server? Should I go nosql or stick with relational db management? [closed]

I have a mysql database that is about 22GB in size and has multiple tables with hundreds of thousands of records, my biggest table has 1.8 million records. The Database was not professionally designed ...
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Transaction Table in Personal Finance App

I'm a noob designing a Personal Finance App to teach myself Rails. This is just for learning purposes, but I actually intend to use it to replace my current system in Google Spreadsheets. I want to ...
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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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Table to create Ids for one table to many table relationships

I have several tables that will represent an object that can be commented on. I would like to store all the comments in one table. To relate the other tables to the comments, I was thinking of adding ...
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How can I re-structure my activities table?

I've created a feed but I'm not sure whether it's okay or not, hopefully will get some answers to correct it if there's anything wrong. I'm using MySQL. When a user does something, his activity is ...
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Tuple calculus: unsure if my reasoning is correct

I'm currently working through a tuple calculus question and I ran into a situation where I have two answers that seem correct to me and I am unsure if my logic is wrong or if they are both correct ...
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If a table with a surrogate key has a column known to have unique non null values (eg SSN), does it violate 3NF?

As I understand it, third normal form (3NF) basically means there should be exactly one key. If a table with say an auto-increment id column also has a column known to be unique and not null, eg ...
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Making database tables 1NF

I am creating a database for a DVD rental shop, I have various entities that are related to this question, such as Film, FilmStar. For each film, you record its unique number, title, the year in ...
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Select all from A where attribute exists in B [closed]

I have a question involving relational algebra. Suppose I have two relations A and B, where B has a foreign key that references A. Using relational algebra, how do I select all tuples from A where ...
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Attributes in relation after cross product

I have a question regarding the resulting attributes in the cross product of two relations in relational algebra... Generally, the cross product will result in a relation whose attributes is the sum ...
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Primary key in resulting relation from union operation in relational algebra

I have a question regarding the resulting table/relation from a union operation in relational algebra. Does the resulting relation not have a primary key? Or does it return a table with a hidden ...
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How to remove unreferenced rows in a “Many to One” relation?

in my db i have the following entities: Cities, Persons, Houses. Each Person MUST live in a City. Each Person CAN live in a House. Each Person can change or leave their Houses. Persons living in the ...
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Do relational databases typically understand '1' and '0' as booleans?

I'm working on a code library that helps users build database searches from form inputs (a layer on top of an ORM). I want it to be compatible with most relational databases. I currently have a ...
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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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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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Converting table to a 2NF relation

I'm currently going through the process of learning about database normalization & having a crack at creating my first relational database. It was going well until I hit the following problem. ...
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Many-to-many relationship when one entity is without attributes

I'm interesting in mapping many-to-many relationship to relational model. I understand that the basic approach is to create a third table (associative entity) that connects the entities in many-to-...
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I have a database design for an E-commerce website. Need to know how to display related product for each specific product

For example: A customer is viewing a product on the website, say a laptop. There's a section on the left where i need to display products from the database that are associated with this particular ...
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UPDATED: Relational (or NoSQL) Database Design

(Updated this question with more specifics. Decided on a Relational Database, and would love some comments on its design) This database holds assembly instructions data for shipbuilding, later use in ...
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Adding restaurants in database

I wanna store some vendors (like McDonald ,etc) and it's branches in a table. a vendor may,or may not have branches. I have created two tables: 1- A vendors table which have name,logo, etc. 2-A ...
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How to design a Table in which its fields varies on its categories?

I am trying to design a database to post free ads. Eg http://www.gumtree.com.au/p-post-ad.html Scenario: Every ad will have different categories and some categories will have further sub categories. ...
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Is this the correct way to model a relationship between an object which may or may not have another object?

I'm creating a database for a department store and the database has two tables: Items and Coupons. An item, like a TV, can only ever have one coupon. Some items don't have a coupon at a given time. ...
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Decomposing a relation into 3NF/BCNF

I am having trouble decomposing a relation to 3NF/BCNF. I have determined that for the relation: R (A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I) where: {A -> B,C} {E -> F} {D -> I} {A,D -> G} {G -> H} ......
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What are the practical reasons behind learning relational algebra?

Learning how to formulate query-like expressions in relational algebra is a traditional part of many, perhaps most, "Introduction to Databases" courses. This is usually justified by the assertion ...
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Dynamic relations in MongoDB

I'm designing a document with MongoDB where users have relationships with each other. Easy enough, right? { _id: "012", username: "happy4u", // ... related: [ '123', // user ...
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Missing diagram option SSMS

I would like to create a relationship between to tables. Normally and in previous versions of sql server and the management studio I would go to database diagrams and draw the relation in the diagram. ...
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Table with relationship to multiple tables

I want to persist contact details for persons. This contact details can belong to a client, or a next of kin member, or whatever other entity. I'll be using Doctrine2 in a Symfony project, that will ...
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Laravel MySQL relation difficulties

I have a "users" table: And an organisations table ("orgs"): And this is the pivot table: I have some relations: On the "users" table, I have a function called "orgs()" which is a belongsToMany ...
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Type of relational/object-oriented database with improved joins for object graphs?

I would like to know if there is a specific name or term for the kind of database described below: I notice one of the biggest problems when working with relational databases and object trees/graphs ...
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I created a DB schema for a project relating to collecting comments for web pages, is relational the way to go and how are my relationships?

I'm curious if relational DB is the way to go, if the current relationships in the diagram make sense, and whether it will bode well for coding.
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Proof for this answer

I am not sure whether this is offtopic. However, please read on. A person whom I know has encountered a problem in the answer key published by CBSE, India. As their key challenging form contains a ...
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The key of the relation resulting from a full outer join

What is the key of the relation resulting from a full outer join? If there is no key, how is it said that the relational algebra is closed under its operators and the result of each operator is also a ...
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Trying to design database for eSports Teams - Issue with dependencies

I am trying to design a database in Access for an eSport league (specifically League of Legends North America). I will post what I have and then explain my issue. My issue comes when I try to ...
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Is it better to create another table to possible null values in relational databases?

I'm designing a relational database to use in MySQL. I have the next situation: In one table there are fields that in the most of situations are NULL. The fields would be like: Table name: tabla ...
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XML vs. Relational databases?

I feel like this isn't the best question to ask on a programming site like this, but I haven't really found a satisfying answer online and I would really like to get a different perspective on this. ...
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How to enforce that one row in a parent table MUST be associated with at least a row in a child table [duplicate]

I have a one to many relationship enforced via FK, classic example order and order_item, whereby a fk on the order_item to the order table enforces that one item belongs to one order, and one order ...
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Method to Obtain Lossless Join Boyce-Codd Normal Form (BCNF) Decomposition

I have been told a way to obtain lossless join BCNF but I don't know how to calculate candidate keys (also called super key[s] in some cases) and trivial dependencies. I have been given the ...
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Do data types go into a Relational Data Model (RDM)?

I have recently been asked to draw a Relational Data Model for a flight information database. I came up with the design in the picture below, but I was told that the drawing is not correct because ...
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PostgreSQL JSON data type used as NOSQL, But VIEW as Relational Data Structure

Could I create a VIEW from the JSON data type but have it as a relational structure? Example: SELECT * FROM json_test; Results [ { "name": "Roy", "Country": "USA", "...
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Normalization and multivalued attributes

I am designing a relational database in mySQL - a library management system. I want to show examples of the data in 1NF, 2NF, 3NF, BCNF, etc. My example of 1NF looks something like this 'A relation ...
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Data normalization (from 0NF to 1NF)

I am designing a relational database in mySQL - a library management system. I want to show examples of the data in 1NF, 2NF, 3NF, BCNF, etc. My example of 1NF looks something like this "A relation ...
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How Wide-columns databases achieve dynamic columns on the storage layout? [closed]

As known, in relational databases, when adding a new column, data must be reallocated (https://stackoverflow.com/questions/463677/alter-table-without-locking-the-table) to maintain a single row ...
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design database with 2 simillar tables

I have a database which has product_sell and product_buy tables, these two tables are different in a few fields and each one has own comment table product_sell >---< product_sell_cmt ...
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Groups relationships - Detailed or Direct?

I have a Person model: PersonId Name ----------- ---------------- 1 Jessica 2 Jennifer Then I have a ShareModel which have the Personand an ...
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unusual relation, binary aspect

I have question very unusual for databases. I’m not a good English speaker, but good English reader :) so for explanation I’ll give you examples. Part1 In MySQL, I have two tables with relations ...
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Determining Functional and Transitive dependencies from Relational Model (with no sample data)

I have a relational model which I've converted from an EER diagram... I've been asked to find the functional and transitive dependencies but how does one do that when there's no sample data to start ...
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What is the term for a “wide”, non-normalized view/query?

A well-designed relational DB schema tends to have a relatively large count of relatively small, normalized tables — a cluster of snowflakes, I think, describes the situation. In order to ...
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How to manage many-to-many relationships when there is also a hierarchy among the many?

I have these entities – employee, task, phase, project – and these relationships: project 1:m phase phase 1:m task employee m:m task, phase, project The first two relationships form a ...
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sub and sub-sub item organization system [duplicate]

So I am looking to find the best database design for the following situation. I will refer to my entities as 'articles' as that would best/most-easily describe them. So the articles have already ...
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How to keep updates (diffs) of some entity in the database

What is the best way to keep updates (diffs) of the some entity in the database? At StackOverflow we can edit questions and answers. And then we can look at any revision of the question or answer we ...