Relational Database Model

Join Dependency



Multivalued Dependencies are helps to lossless decomposition and form relation R based on trivial multivalued dependencies. An instance, a relation R(A B C) is decomposed into relation R1(A B) and R2(A C) based on trivial A ? B multivalued functional dependencies.

Join Dependency is helps to lossless decomposition and form relation R based on nontrivial multivalued dependencies. An instance, a relation R(A B C) is decomposed into relation R1(A B), R2(B C) and R3(A C) based on nontrivial multivalued functional dependencies.

Let R = {R1, R2, ..., Rn} be a set of relation schemes over union, the relation r(R) satisfies the join dependency * [R1, R2, ..., Rn] if r decomposes lossless onto R1, R2, ... Rn.

That is, r = pR1(r) pR2(r) ..., pRn(r).

A join dependency * [R1, R2, ..., Rn] over R is trivial if it is satisfied by every relation r(R).


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