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Discrete Maths

242-213, Semester 2,2013-2014

- Objective
- to introduce relations, show their connection to sets, and their use in databases

5. Relations

Overview

- Defining a Relation
- Relations on a Set
- Properties of a Relation
- reflexive, symmetric, transitive

- Combining Relations as Sets
- Composition of Relations
- N-ary Relations
- Databases and Relations
- More Information

1. Defining a Relation

- We define a relation as the connection between two (or more) sets.
- We need to first define:
- the ordered pair
- the Cartesian Product for two or more sets

An Ordered Pair

- In an ordered pair of elements a and b, denoted (a, b), the ordering of the entries matters.
- So and iff a = cand b = d

The Cartesian Product of 2 Sets

- The Cartesian Product of sets A and B is the set consisting of all the ordered pairs (a, b),where :
- One example Cartesian product is the Euclidean plane, which is the set of all ordered pairs of real numbers
- In general

A Definition of Relation

- A relationR from a set A to a set B is any subset of the Cartesian product A x B.
- Thus, if P = Ax B, , then we say that x is related to y by R and use the notation: xRy

Relation Example

- Let A={Smith, Johnson} be a set of students
- B={Calc, Discrete Math, History, Programming} is a set of subjects.
- Smith takes Calc and History, while Johnson takes Calc, Discrete Math and Programming.
- Define relation R as: “student xtakes subject y”.
- R={ (Smith, Calc), (Smith, History), (Johnson, Calc), (Johnson, Discrete Math), (Johnson, Programming) }

- So Smith R Calc is true, whileJohnson RHistory is false.

2. Relations on a Set

- A relation on the set A is a relation from A to A.
- In other words, a relation on the set A is a subset of AA
- Example: Let A = {1, 2, 3, 4}. Which ordered pairs are in the relation R = {(a, b) | a < b} ?

R = { (1,2), (1,3), (1,4), (2,3), (2,4), (3,4) }

continued

No. of Relations in a Set

- How many different relations can we define on a set A with n elements?
- A relation on a set A is a subset of AA.
- How many elements are in AA?
- There are n2 elements in AA, so how many subsets (== relations on A) does AA have?
- The number of subsets that we can form out of a set with m elements is 2m. Therefore, 2n2 subsets can be formed out of AA.
- Answer: We can define 2n2 different relations on A.

3. Properties of a Relation

A relation R on a set Smay have special properties:

- If , is true, then R is called reflexive.
- If is true whenever is true, then R is called symmetric.
- If is true whenever are both true, then R is called transitive.

Reflexive Examples

- Are the following relations on {1, 2, 3, 4} reflexive?

R = {(1, 1), (1, 2), (2, 3), (3, 3), (4, 4)}

No.

R = {(1, 1), (2, 2), (2, 3), (3, 3), (4, 4)}

Yes.

R = {(1, 1), (2, 2), (3, 3)}

No.

Transitivity Examples

- Are the following relations on {1, 2, 3, 4} transitive?

R = {(1, 1), (1, 2), (2, 2), (2, 1), (3, 3)}

Yes.

R = {(1, 3), (3, 2), (2, 1)}

No.

R = {(2, 4), (4, 3), (2, 3), (4, 1)}

No.

4. Combining Relations as Sets

- Relations are sets, and therefore, we can apply the usual set operations to them.
- If we have two relations R1 and R2, and both from a set A to set B, then we can combine them to obtain R1 R2, R1 R2, or R1 – R2.
- The result us another relation from A to B.

5. Composition of Relations

- Let R be a relation from a set A to a set B and S a relation from B to a set C.
- The compositeof R and S is the relation consisting of ordered pairs (a, c), where aA, cC, when there is an element bB such that (a, b)R and (b, c)S.
- We denote the composite of R and S by SR.
- In other words, if relation R contains a pair (a, b) and relation S contains a pair (b, c), then SR contains a pair (a, c).

Example 1

- Let D and S be relations on A = {1, 2, 3, 4}
D = {(a, b) | b = 5 - a} “b equals (5 – a)”

S = {(a, b) | a < b} “a is smaller than b”

D = {(1, 4), (2, 3), (3, 2), (4, 1)}

S = {(1, 2), (1, 3), (1, 4), (2, 3), (2, 4), (3, 4)}

SD = { (2,4), (3,3), (3,4), (4,2), (4,3), (4,4) }

- D maps an element a to the element (5 – a), and afterwards S maps (5 – a) to all elements larger than (5 – a), resulting in S°D = {(a,b) | b > 5 – a} or S°D = {(a,b) | a + b > 5}.

Example 2

- Let X and Y be relations on A = {1, 2, 3, …}
X = {(a, b) | b = a + 1} “b equals a plus 1”

Y = {(a, b) | b = 3a} “b equals 3 times a”

X = {(1, 2), (2, 3), (3, 4), (4, 5), …}

Y = {(1, 3), (2, 6), (3, 9), (4, 12), …}

XY = { (1,4), (2,7), (3,10), (4, 13), ... }

- Y maps an element a to 3a, and afterwards X maps 3a to 3a + 1
XY = {(a,b) | b = 3a + 1}

6. N-ary Relations

- To apply relations to databases, we generalize binary relations into n-ary relations.
- Let A1, A2, …, An be sets. An n-ary relation on these sets is a subset of A1 x A2 x … x An.
- The sets A1, A2, …, An are called the domains of the relation, and n is called its degree.

Example

- Let R = {(a, b, c) | (a = 2b) (b = 2c), with a, b, c Z}
- What is the degree of R?
- The degree of R is 3, so its elements are triples

- What are its domains?
- Its domains are all the set of integers

- Is (2, 4, 8) in R? No
- Is (4, 2, 1) in R? Yes

7. Databases and Relations

- The database representation based on relations is called therelational data model
- A database consists of n-tuples called records, which are made up of fields
- These fields are the entriesof the n-tuples

- The relational data model represents a database as an n-ary relation
- in other words, a database is a set of records

Example

- Consider a database of students, whose records are represented as 4-tuples with the fields Student Name, ID Number, Department, and GPA:
R = { (Ackermann, 00231455, CoE, 3.88),(Adams, 00888323, Physics, 3.45),(Chou, 00102147, CoE, 3.79),(Goodfriend, 00453876, Math, 3.45),(Rao, 00678543, Math, 3.90),(Stevens, 00786576, Psych, 2.99) }

- Relations that represent databases are also called tables, since they are often displayed as tables.

Primary Key

- A domain of an n-ary relation is called a primary key if the n-tuples are uniquely determined by the values from this domain.
- this means that no two records have the same primary key value

- e.g., which of the fieldsStudent Name, ID Number, Department, and GPAare primary keys?
- Student Name and ID Number are primary keys, because no two students have identical values in those fields

- In a real student database, only ID Number would be a primary key

8. More Information

- Discrete Mathematics and its ApplicationsKenneth H. RosenMcGraw Hill, 2007, 7th edition
- chapter 9, sections 9.1 – 9.2

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