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Lecture No. 21
Reading Material
"Database Systems Principles, Design and Implementation"
Page 238
written by Catherine Ricardo, Maxwell Macmillan.
"Modern Database Management", Fred McFadden, Jeffrey
Chapter 6
Hoffer, Benjamin/Cummings
Overview of Lecture:
o Summary of normalization
o A normalization example
o Introduction to physical DB design phase
Normalization Summary
Normalization is a step by step process to make DB design more efficient and
accurate. A normalized database helps the DBA to maintain the consistency of the
database. However, the normalization process is not a must, rather it is a strongly
recommended activity performed after the logical DB design phase. Not a must means,
that the consistency of the database can be maintained even with an un-normalized
database design, however, it will make it difficult for the designer. Un-normalized
relations are more prone to errors or inconsistencies.
The normalization is based on the FDs. The FDs are not created by the designer,
rather they exist in the system being developed and the designer identifies them.
Normalization forms exist up to 6NF starting from 1NF, however, for most of the
situations 3NF is sufficient.
Normalization is performed through Analysis or
Synthesis process. The input to the process is the logical database design and the FDs
that exist in the system. Each individual table is checked for the normalization
considering the relevant FDs; if any normalization requirement for a particular normal
form is being violated, then it is sorted out generally by splitting the table. The
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process is applied on all the tables of the design hence the database is called to be in a
particular normal form.
Normalization Example
In the following an example of normalization process has been discussed. This
example is taken from Ricardo book, page 238. The example comprehensively
explains the stages of the normalization process. The approach adopted for the
normalization is analysis approach, whereby a singe large table is assumed involving
all the attributes required in the system. Later, the table is decomposed into smaller
tables by considering the FDs existing in the system. As has been discussed before,
the FDs have to be identified by the designer they are not described as regular from b
y the users. So the example also explains the transforming of real-world scenarios into
An example table is given containing all the attributes that are used in different
applications in the system under study. The table named WORK consists of the
WORK (projName, projMgr, empId, hours, empName, budget, startDate, salary,
empMgr, empDept, rating)
The purpose of most of the attributes is clear from the name, however, they are
explained in the following facts about the system. The facts mentioned in the book are
italicized and numbered followed by the explanation.
1- Each project has a unique name, but names of employees and managers are not
This fact simply illustrates that values in the projName attribute will be unique so this
attribute can be used as identifier if required however the attributes empName,
empMgr and projMgr are not unique so they cannot be used as identifiers
2- Each project has one manager, whose name is stored in projMgr
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The projMgr is not unique as mentioned in 1, however, since there is only one
manager for a project and project name is unique, so we can say that if we know the
project name we can determine a single project manager, hence the FD
3- Many employees may be assigned to work on each project, and an employee may
be assigned to more than one project. The attribute `hours' tells the number of
hours per week that a particular employee is assigned to work on a particular
Since there are many employees working on each project so the projName attribute
cannot determine the employee working on a project, same is the case with empId that
it cannot determine the particular project an employee is working since one employee
is working on many projects. However, if we combine both the empId and projName
then we can determine the number of hours that an employee worked on a particular
project within a week, so the FD
empId, projName
4- Budget stores the budget allocated for a project and startDate stores the starting
date of a project
Since the project name is unique, so if we know the project name we can determine
the budget allocated for it and also the starting date of the project
budget, startDate
5- Salary gives the annual salary of the employee
salary, empName
Although empId has not been mentioned as unique, however, it is generally assumed
that attribute describing Id of something are unique, so we can define the above FD.
6- empMgr gives the name of the employee's manager, who is not the same as
project manager.
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Project name is determined by project name, however one employee may work on
many projects, so we can not determine the project manager of an employee thourgh
the Id of employee. However, empMgr is the manager of employee and can be known
from employee Id, so FD in 5 can be extended
salary, empName, empMgr
7- empDept give the employee's department. Department names are unique. The
employee's manager is the manager of the employee's department.
Because empDept is unique and there is one manager for each department. At the
same time, because each employee works in one department, we can also say that
so the FD in 6 is further extended
salary, empName, empMgr, empDept
8- Rating give the employee's rating for a particular project. The project manager
assigns the rating at the end of employee's work on that project
Like `hours' attribute, the attribute `rating' is also determined by two attributes, the
projName and empId, because many employees work on one project and one
employee may work on many projects. So to know the rating of an employee on a
particular project we need to know the both, so the FD
projName, empId
In all we have the following four FDs:
1) empId
salary, empName, empMgr, empDept
2) projName, empId
rating, hours
3) projName
projMgr, budget, startDate
4) empDept
So we identified the FDs in our example scenario, now to perform the normalization
process. For this we have to apply the conditions of the normal forms on our tables.
Since we have got just one table to begin with so we start our process on this table:
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WORK(projName, projMgr, empId, hours, empName, budget, startDate, salary,
empMgr, empDept, rating)
First Normal Form:
Seeing the data in the example in the book or assuming otherwise that all attributes
contain the atomic value, we find out the table is in the 1NF.
Second Normal Form:
Seeing the FDs, we find out that the PK for the table is a composite one comprising of
empId, projName. We did not include the determinant of fourth FD, that is, the
empDept, in the PK because empDept is dependent on empId and empID is included
in our proposed PK. However, with this PK (empID, projName) we have got partial
dependencies in the table through FDs 1 and 3 where we see that some attributes are
being determined by subset of our PK which is the violation of the requirement for the
2NF. So we split our table based on the FDs 1 and 3 as follows:
PROJECT (projName, projMgr, startDate)
EMPLOYEE (empId, empName, salary, empMgr, empDept)
WORK (projName, empId, hours, rating)
All the above three tables are in 2NF since they are in 1NF and there is no partial
dependency in them.
Third Normal Form
Seeing the four FDs, we find out that the tables are in 2NF and there is no transitive
dependency in PROJECT and WORK tables, so these two tables are in 3NF. However,
there is a transitive dependency in EMNPLOYEE table since FD 1 say empId
empDept and FD 4 say empDept
empMgr. To remove this transitive dependency
we further split the EMPLOYEE table into following two:
EMPLOYEE (empId, empName, salary, empDept)
DEPT (empDept, empMgr)
Hence finally we got four tables
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PROJECT (projName, projMgr, startDate)
EMPLOYEE (empId, empName, salary, empDept)
WORK (projName, empId, hours, rating)
DEPT (empDept, empMgr)
These four tables are in 3NF based on the given FD, hence the database has been
normalized up to 3NF.
Physical Database Design
After completing the logical database design and then normalizing it, we have to
establish the physical database design. Throughout the processes of conceptual and
logical database designs and the normalization, the primary objective has been the
storage efficiency and the consistency of the database. So we have been following
good design principles. In the physical database design, however, the focus shifts
from storage efficiency to the efficiency in execution. So we deliberately violate some
of the rules that we studied earlier, however, this shift in focus should never ever lead
to incorrect state of the database. The correctness of the database we have to maintain
in any case. When we do not follow the good design principles then it makes it
difficult to maintain the consistency or correctness of the database. Since the violation
is deliberate, that is, we are aware of the dangers due to violations and we know the
reasons for these violations so we have to take care of the possible threats and adopt
appropriate measures. Finally, there are different possibilities and we as designers
have to adopt particular ones based on certain reasons or objectives. We have to be
clear about our objectives.
The physical DB design involves:
Transforms logical DB design into technical specifications for storing and
retrieving data
Does not include practically implementing the design however tool specific
decisions are involved
It requires the following input:
Normalized relations (the process performed just before)
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Definitions of each attribute (means the purpose or objective of the attributes.
Normally stored in some form of data dictionary or a case tool or may be on
Descriptions of data usage (how and by whom data will be used)
Requirements for response time, data security, backup etc.
Tool to be used
Decisions that are made during this process are:
Choosing data types (precise data types depend on the tool to be used)
Grouping attributes (although normalized)
Deciding file organizations
Selecting structures
Preparing strategies for efficient access
That is all about today's lecture, the discussion continues in the next lecture.
In today's lecture we summarized the normalization process and also saw an example
to practically implement the process. We have introduced our next topic that is the
physical DB design. We will discuss this topic in the lectures to be followed.
Table of Contents:
  1. Introduction to Databases and Traditional File Processing Systems
  2. Advantages, Cost, Importance, Levels, Users of Database Systems
  3. Database Architecture: Level, Schema, Model, Conceptual or Logical View:
  4. Internal or Physical View of Schema, Data Independence, Funct ions of DBMS
  5. Database Development Process, Tools, Data Flow Diagrams, Types of DFD
  6. Data Flow Diagram, Data Dictionary, Database Design, Data Model
  7. Entity-Relationship Data Model, Classification of entity types, Attributes
  8. Attributes, The Keys
  9. Relationships:Types of Relationships in databases
  10. Dependencies, Enhancements in E-R Data Model. Super-type and Subtypes
  11. Inheritance Is, Super types and Subtypes, Constraints, Completeness Constraint, Disjointness Constraint, Subtype Discriminator
  12. Steps in the Study of system
  13. Conceptual, Logical Database Design, Relationships and Cardinalities in between Entities
  14. Relational Data Model, Mathematical Relations, Database Relations
  15. Database and Math Relations, Degree of a Relation
  16. Mapping Relationships, Binary, Unary Relationship, Data Manipulation Languages, Relational Algebra
  17. The Project Operator
  18. Types of Joins: Theta Join, Equi–Join, Natural Join, Outer Join, Semi Join
  19. Functional Dependency, Inference Rules, Normal Forms
  20. Second, Third Normal Form, Boyce - Codd Normal Form, Higher Normal Forms
  21. Normalization Summary, Example, Physical Database Design
  23. Physical Record and De-normalization, Partitioning
  24. Vertical Partitioning, Replication, MS SQL Server
  25. Rules of SQL Format, Data Types in SQL Server
  26. Categories of SQL Commands,
  27. Alter Table Statement
  28. Select Statement, Attribute Allias
  29. Data Manipulation Language
  30. ORDER BY Clause, Functions in SQL, GROUP BY Clause, HAVING Clause, Cartesian Product
  31. Inner Join, Outer Join, Semi Join, Self Join, Subquery,
  32. Application Programs, User Interface, Forms, Tips for User Friendly Interface
  33. Designing Input Form, Arranging Form, Adding Command Buttons
  34. Data Storage Concepts, Physical Storage Media, Memory Hierarchy
  35. File Organizations: Hashing Algorithm, Collision Handling
  36. Hashing, Hash Functions, Hashed Access Characteristics, Mapping functions, Open addressing
  37. Index Classification
  38. Ordered, Dense, Sparse, Multi-Level Indices, Clustered, Non-clustered Indexes
  39. Views, Data Independence, Security, Vertical and Horizontal Subset of a Table
  40. Materialized View, Simple Views, Complex View, Dynamic Views
  41. Updating Multiple Tables, Transaction Management
  42. Transactions and Schedules, Concurrent Execution, Serializability, Lock-Based Concurrency Control, Deadlocks
  43. Incremental Log with Deferred, Immediate Updates, Concurrency Control
  44. Serial Execution, Serializability, Locking, Inconsistent Analysis
  45. Locking Idea, DeadLock Handling, Deadlock Resolution, Timestamping rules