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Definition

- Let R be the relation, and let x and y be the arbitrary subset of the set of attributes of R. Then we say that Y is functionally dependent on x – in symbol.

X Y

(Read x functionally determines y) –

If and only if each x value in R has associated with it precisely one y value in R

In other words

Whenever two tuples of R agree on their x value, they also agree on their Y value.

Deepak Gour, Faculty – DBMS, School of Engineering, SPSU

Example (SCP Relation)

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Example (SCP Relation) (contd..)

One FD : - ( { S#} {City})

- Because every tuple of that relation with a given S# value also has the same city value.
- The left and right hand side of an FD are sometimes called determinant and the dependents respectively.

Deepak Gour, Faculty – DBMS, School of Engineering, SPSU

Exercise

Check whether following relation satisfy FD as not

- < S#, P# > <QTY>
- <S#, P#> <City>
- < S#, P#> <City, QTY>
- <S#, P#> <S#>
- <S#, P#> <S#, P#, QTY, City>
- <OTY> <S#>

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Extended definition over basic one

- Let R be the relation variable, and let x and y be arbitrary subset of the set of attributes of R. Then we says that Y is functionally dependent on x – in symbol.

X Y

(Read x functionally determines y)

- If and only if, in every possible legal value of R, each x value has associated with it precisely one y value

Or in other words

- In every possible legal value of R, whenever two tuple agree on their X values, they also agree on their Y value.

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TRIVIAL & NON-TRIVIAL DEPENDENCIES

- One-way to reduce the size of the set of FD we need to deal with is to eliminate the trivial dependencies.
- An FD is trivial if and only if the right hand side is a subset of the left hand side.

e.g. <S#, P#> <S#>. (Trivial)

- Nontrivial dependencies are the one, which are not trivial.

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CLOSURE of a set of dependencies

- The set of all FDs that are implied by a given set S of FDs is called the closure of S, denoted by S+
- So we need an algorithm which compute S+ from S.

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Algorithm

CLOSURE (Z, S): = Z;

DO “ forever”

For each FD X -> Y in S

Do;

if X < CLOSURE [Z, S] /* <= “subset of” */

then CLOSURE [Z,S] : = CLOSURE [Z, Z] U Y;

end;

If CLOSURE [Z, S] did not change on this iteration.

Then leave loop; /* Computation complete */

End;

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Example

Suppose use are given R with attributes

A, B, C, D, E, F, and FDs

- A BC
- E CF
- B E
- CD EF

Then compute the closure (A, B)+ of the set of attributes under this set of FD’s

Deepak Gour, Faculty – DBMS, School of Engineering, SPSU

Solution

- We initialize the result CLOSURE [Z, S] to <A, B>
- We now go round the inner loop four times, once for each for the given FDs. An the first iteration (For FD A BC), we find that the left hand side is indeed a subset of CLOSURE (Z, S) as computed so for, so we add attributes (B and C) to the result. CLOSURE [Z, S] is now the set <A, B, C>.

Deepak Gour, Faculty – DBMS, School of Engineering, SPSU

Solution

3. On the second iteration (for FD E CF>. we find that the left hand side is not a subset of the result as computed so for, which than remain unchanged.

- On the third iteration (For FD B E), we add E to the closure, which now has the value <A, B, C, E>
- On the fourth iteration, (for FD CD EF), remains unchanged.

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Solution

- Inner loop times, on the first iteration no change, second, it expands to <A,B, C, E, F> third & fourth, no change.
- Again inner loop four times, no change, and so the whole process terminates.

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Armstrong rules

- Reflexivity: if B is a subset of A, then A B.
- Augmentation: if A B then AC BC
- Transitivity: it A B and B C then A C.
- Self – determination: A A.
- Decomposition: If A BC, then AB, AC.
- Union: it A B and A C, then A BC
- Composition: if A B, C D then AC BD.
- If A B and C D, then All (C – B) BD

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Armstrong rules (contd..)

- Now we define a set of FD to be irreducible as minimal; if and only if it satisfies the following two properties.

(1) The right hand side of every FD in S involve just one attribute (i.e., it is a singleton set)

(2) The left hand side of every FD in S is irreducible in turn meaning that no attribute can be discarded from the determinant without changing the CLUSURE S+.

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Example

- A BC,
- B C
- A B
- AB C
- AC D

Compute an irreducible set of FD that is equivalent to this given set.

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Solution

(1) The step is to rewrite the FD such that each has a singleton right hand side.

- A B
- A C
- B C
- A B
- AB C
- AC D

We observe that the FD A B occurs twice. So one occurrence will be eliminated.

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Solution

- Next, attributed C can be eliminated from the left hand side of the FD AC D
- Because we have A C,
- By augmentation A AC
- And we are given AC D,
- So A D by transitivity;

Thus C on the left hand side is redundant.

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Solution

3. Next, we observe that the FD AB C can be eliminated, because again we have

A C

By augmentation AB CB

By decomposition AB C

4. Finally, the FD A C is implied by the FD A B and B C, so it can be eliminated.

Now we have A B

B C

A D

This set is irreducible.

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Example

- A BC
- B E
- CD EF

Show that FD AD F for R.

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Solution

1. A BC (given)

2. A C (1, decomposition)

3. AD CD (2, augmentation)

4. CD EF (given)

5. AD EF (3 & 4, transitivity)

6. AD F (5, decomposition

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Learning Objectives

- Definition of normalization and its purpose in database design
- Types of normal forms 1NF, 2NF, 3NF, BCNF, and 4NF
- Transformation from lower normal forms to higher normal forms
- Design concurrent use of normalization and E-R modeling are to produce a good database design
- Usefulness of denormalization to generate information efficiently

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Normalization

- Main objective in developing a logical data model for relational database systems is to create an accurate representation of the data, its relationships, and constraints.
- To achieve this objective, must identify a suitable set of relations.

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Normalization

- Four most commonly used normal forms are first (1NF), second (2NF) and third (3NF) normal forms, and Boyce–Codd normal form (BCNF).
- Based on functional dependencies among the attributes of a relation.
- A relation can be normalized to a specific form to prevent possible occurrence of update anomalies.

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Normalization

- Normalization is the process for assigning attributes to entities
- Reduces data redundancies
- Helps eliminate data anomalies
- Produces controlled redundancies to link tables
- Normalization stages
- 1NF - First normal form
- 2NF - Second normal form
- 3NF - Third normal form
- 4NF - Fourth normal form

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Data Redundancy

- Major aim of relational database design is to group attributes into relations to minimize data redundancy and reduce file storage space required by base relations.
- Problems associated with data redundancy are illustrated by comparing the following Staff and Branch relations with the StaffBranch relation.

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Data Redundancy

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Data Redundancy

- StaffBranch relation has redundant data: details of a branch are repeated for every member of staff.
- In contrast, branch information appears only once for each branch in Branch relation and only branchNo is repeated in Staff relation, to represent where each member of staff works.

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Update Anomalies

- Relations that contain redundant information may potentially suffer from update anomalies.
- Types of update anomalies include:
- Insertion,
- Deletion,
- Modification.

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Functional Dependency

- Main concept associated with normalization.
- Functional Dependency
- Describes relationship between attributes in a relation.
- If A and B are attributes of relation R, B is functionally dependent on A (denoted A B), if each value of A in R is associated with exactly one value of B in R.

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Functional Dependency

- Property of the meaning (or semantics) of the attributes in a relation.
- Diagrammatic representation:

- Determinant of a functional dependency refers to attribute or group of attributes on left-hand side of the arrow.

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Example - Functional Dependency

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Functional Dependency

- Main characteristics of functional dependencies used in normalization:
- have a 1:1 relationship between attribute(s) on left and right-hand side of a dependency;
- hold for all time;
- are nontrivial.

Deepak Gour, Faculty – DBMS, School of Engineering, SPSU

Functional Dependency

- Complete set of functional dependencies for a given relation can be very large.
- Important to find an approach that can reduce set to a manageable size.
- Need to identify set of functional dependencies (X) for a relation that is smaller than complete set of functional dependencies (Y) for that relation and has property that every functional dependency in Y is implied by functional dependencies in X.

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The Process of Normalization

- Formal technique for analyzing a relation based on its primary key and functional dependencies between its attributes.
- Often executed as a series of steps. Each step corresponds to a specific normal form, which has known properties.
- As normalization proceeds, relations become progressively more restricted (stronger) in format and also less vulnerable to update anomalies.

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Relationship Between Normal Forms

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Unnormalized Form (UNF)

- A table that contains one or more repeating groups.
- To create an unnormalized table:
- transform data from information source (e.g. form) into table format with columns and rows.

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First Normal Form (1NF)

- A relation in which intersection of each row and column contains one and only one value.

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UNF to 1NF

- Nominate an attribute or group of attributes to act as the key for the unnormalized table.
- Identify repeating group(s) in unnormalized table which repeats for the key attribute(s).

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UNF to 1NF

- All key attributes defined
- No repeating groups in table
- All attributes dependent on

primary key

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Second Normal Form (2NF)

- Based on concept of full functional dependency:
- A and B are attributes of a relation,
- B is fully dependent on A if B is functionally dependent on A but not on any proper subset of A.
- 2NF - A relation that is in 1NF and every non-primary-key attribute is fully functionally dependent on the primary key (no partial dependency)

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1NF to 2NF

- Identify primary key for the 1NF relation.
- Identify functional dependencies in the relation.
- If partial dependencies exist on the primary key remove them by placing them in a new relation along with copy of their determinant.

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Third Normal Form (3NF)

- Based on concept of transitive dependency:
- A, B and C are attributes of a relation such that if A B and B C,
- then C is transitively dependent on A through B. (Provided that A is not functionally dependent on B or C).
- 3NF - A relation that is in 1NF and 2NF and in which no non-primary-key attribute is transitively dependent on the primary key.

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2NF to 3NF

- Identify the primary key in the 2NF relation.
- Identify functional dependencies in the relation.
- If transitive dependencies exist on the primary key remove them by placing them in a new relation along with copy of their determinant.

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3NF Conversion Results

- Prevent referential integrity violation by adding a JOB_CODE

PROJECT (PROJ_NUM, PROJ_NAME)

ASSIGN (PROJ_NUM, EMP_NUM, HOURS)

EMPLOYEE (EMP_NUM, EMP_NAME, JOB_CLASS)

JOB (JOB_CODE, JOB_DESCRIPTION, CHG_HOUR)

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General Definitions of 2NF and 3NF

- Second normal form (2NF)
- A relation that is in 1NF and every non-primary-key attribute is fully functionally dependent on anycandidate key.
- Third normal form (3NF)
- A relation that is in 1NF and 2NF and in which no non-primary-key attribute is transitively dependent on any candidate key.

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Boyce–Codd Normal Form (BCNF)

- Based on functional dependencies that take into account all candidate keys in a relation, however BCNF also has additional constraints compared with general definition of 3NF.
- BCNF - A relation is in BCNF if and only if every determinant is a candidate key.

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Boyce–Codd normal form (BCNF)

- Difference between 3NF and BCNF is that for a functional dependency A B, 3NF allows this dependency in a relation if B is a primary-key attribute and A is not a candidate key.
- Whereas, BCNF insists that for this dependency to remain in a relation, A must be a candidate key.
- Every relation in BCNF is also in 3NF. However, relation in 3NF may not be in BCNF.

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Boyce–Codd normal form (BCNF)

- Violation of BCNF is quite rare.
- Potential to violate BCNF may occur in a relation that:
- contains two (or more) composite candidate keys;
- the candidate keys overlap (i.e. have at least one attribute in common).

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Decomposition of Table Structure to Meet BCNF

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BCNF Conversion Results

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Review of Normalization (UNF to BCNF)

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Review of Normalization (UNF to BCNF)

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Review of Normalization (UNF to BCNF)

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Review of Normalization (UNF to BCNF)

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Fourth Normal Form (4NF)

- Although BCNF removes anomalies due to functional dependencies, another type of dependency called a multi-valued dependency (MVD) can also cause data redundancy.
- Possible existence of MVDs in a relation is due to 1NF and can result in data redundancy.

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Fourth Normal Form (4NF) - MVD

- Dependency between attributes (for example, A, B, and C) in a relation, such that for each value of A there is a set of values for B and a set of values for C. However, set of values for B and C are independent of each other.

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Fourth Normal Form (4NF)

- MVD between attributes A, B, and C in a relation using the following notation:

A ¾¾ØØ B

A ¾¾ØØ C

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Fourth Normal Form (4NF)

- MVD can be further defined as being trivial or nontrivial.
- MVD A ¾¾ØØ B in relation R is defined as being trivial if (a) B is a subset of A or (b) A B = R.
- MVD is defined as being nontrivial if neither (a) nor (b) are satisfied.
- Trivial MVD does not specify a constraint on a relation, while a nontrivial MVD does specify a constraint.

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Fourth Normal Form (4NF)

- Defined as a relation that is in BCNF and contains no nontrivial MVDs.

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4NF - Example

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Decomposition of Table Structure to Meet BCNF

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4NF Conversion Results

Set of Tables in 4NF

Multivalued Dependencies (an employee can work for many services and on many projects

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Denormalization

- Normalization is one of many database design goals
- Normalized table requirements
- Additional processing
- Loss of system speed
- Normalization purity is difficult to sustain due to conflict in:
- Design efficiency
- Information requirements
- Processing

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Unnormalized Table Defects

- Data updates less efficient
- Indexing more cumbersome
- No simple strategies for creating views

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Summary

- We will use normalization in database design to create a set of relations in 3FN normal form:
- Each entity has a unique primary key, and each attribute depends upon the primary key
- No partial dependency
- No transitive dependency

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