p. Relational Algebra. CS 186 Spring 2006, Lecture 8 R & G, Chapter 4. By relieving the brain of all unnecessary work, a good notation sets it free to concentrate on more advanced problems, and, in effect, increases the mental power of the race . -- Alfred North Whitehead (1861 - 1947).
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Two mathematical Query Languages form the basis for “real” languages (e.g. SQL), and for implementation:
Relational Algebra: More operational, very useful for representing execution plans.
Relational Calculus: Lets users describe what they want, rather than how to compute it. (Non-procedural, declarative.)
understanding SQL, query processing!
Since each operation returns a relation, operationscan be composed! (Algebra is “closed”.)
Schemaof result is same as that of the input relation.
S2 – S1
R1 X S1 =
R S = R (R S)
R1 S1 =
A/B contains all x tuples such that for everyy tuple in B, there is an xy tuple in A.
Disqualified x values
A/B:Expressing A/B Using Basic Operators