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Synthesizing Independent Database Schemas.

Joachim Biskup, Umeshwar Dayal, Philip A. Bernstein: Synthesizing Independent Database Schemas. SIGMOD Conference 1979: 143-151
@inproceedings{DBLP:conf/sigmod/BiskupDB79,
  author    = {Joachim Biskup and
               Umeshwar Dayal and
               Philip A. Bernstein},
  editor    = {Philip A. Bernstein},
  title     = {Synthesizing Independent Database Schemas},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 1979 ACM SIGMOD International Conference on
               Management of Data, Boston, Massachusetts, May 30 - June 1},
  publisher = {ACM},
  year      = {1979},
  isbn      = {0-89791-001-X},
  pages     = {143-151},
  ee        = {http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/582095.582118},
  crossref  = {DBLP:conf/sigmod/79},
  bibsource = {DBLP, http://dblp.uni-trier.de}
}

Abstract

We study the following database design problem. Given a universal relation scheme <U,F> where F is a set of functional dependencies, find an in some way normalized database schema D= {<X1, Fl>, ..., <Xn, Fn>} where Xi < U and Fi is inherited from F, such that D is an independent representation of the universal scheme <U, F>. This means thatD has both the lossless join property and the faithful closure property, (Union i=1n F)+, where + denotes the closure of a set of functional dependencies. We show that this goal can easily be achieved by an extension of the well-known synthetic approach of Bernstein and others to database design. We merely have to check whether the usual synthesis procedure has produced a key component <Xi, Fi> such that Xi = U in F=; in case this is true the output of the synthesis procedure is actually an independent (and not only faithful) representation, otherwise we only have to add one further component, namely just a key. These claims are proved by a careful inspection of the Aho/ Beeri/Ullman algorithm to test for losslessness. Finally, we show how to use our method to synthesize minimal independent third normal form schemas.

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