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Data Modeling

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1. Most designers consider the BCNF as a special case of the ____.

2. Improving ___ leads to more flexible queries.

3. The word "entity" in the ER model corresponds to a _______.

4. __________ is a process to help reduce the likelihood of data anomalies.

5. The existence of a(n) ___ relationship indicated that the minimum cardinality is at least 1 for the mandatory entity.

6. According to naming conventions described in Chapter 2 - ___ would be the best name for a column representing the charges per hour in a table named JOB.

7. 1NF - 2NF - and 3NF are _____.

8. View the data as part of a table or collection of tables in which all key values must be identified.

9. When a nonkey attribute is the determinate of a key attribute the table is in 3NF but not ____.

10. A ___ entity has a primary key that is partially or totally derived from the parent entity in the relationship.

11. A table that is in 2NF and contains no transitive dependencies is said to be in ___.

12. A table where all attributes are dependent on the primary key are independent of each other - and no row contains two or more multivalued facts about an entity - is said to be in ____.

13. From a structural point of view - ______ is better than 1NF

14. Need not be stored physically in the data base.

15. If a table has multiple candidate keys and one of those candidate keys is a composite key - the table can have ___ based on this composite candidate key - even when the primary key chosen is a single attribute.

16. Dependencies based on only a part of a composite primary key are called ___ dependencies.

17. The associative entity is also known as a ___ entity.

18. If an employee within an EMPLOYEE entity has a relationship with itself - that relationship is known as a ____ relationship.

19. Data redundancies occur from ____ of data on every row entry.

20. A _____ entity is composed of the primary keys of each of the entities to be connected.

21. A ___ relationship exists when an association is maintained within a single entity.

22. An attribute that is part of a key is known as a ____ attribute.

23. Refers to the level of detail represented by the values stored in a table's row

24. A ____ relationship exists when three entities are associated.

25. Any attribute whose value determines other values within a row is called ____.

26. A ___ derives its name from the fact that a group of multiple entries of the same type can exist for any single key attribute occurrence.

27. A ___ identifier is composed of more than one attribute.

28. In the ERD - Cardinality is indicated using the ___ notation.

29. If database tables are treated as though they were files in a file system - the ___ never has a chance to demonstrate its superior data-handling capabilities.

30. Another word for existence-independent is ____.

31. A ____ exists when there are functional dependencies such that Y is functionally dependent on X and Z is functionally dependent on Y - and X is the primary key.

32. The price paid for increased performance through denormalization is a larger amount of ____.

33. Relationship strength depends on how the primary key of the related entity is formulated - while the relationship ____ depends on how the business rule is written.

34. ______________database tables often lead to various data redundancy disasters in production databases.

35. A ___________ must not contain a repeating group .

36. For most business transactional databases - we should normalize relations into ____.

37. _______ databases reflect the ever-growing demand for greater scope and depth in the data on which decision support systems increasingly rely.

38. A ______ attribute can have only one value.

39. From a system functionality point of view - ___ attribute values can be calculated when they are needed to write reports or invoices.

40. The ___ refers to a specific table row as an entity instance.

41. An ERM is not dependent on the ____________.

42. Complex ____ requirements may dictate data transformations - and they may expand the number of entities and attributes withing the design.

43. An example of denormalization is using a ___ denormalized table to hold report data. This is required when creating a tabular report in which the columns represent data that is stored in the table as rows.

44. If you have three different transitive dependencies - ___ different determinants exist.

45. The conflicts between design efficiency - ____________ - and processing speed are often resolved through compromised that include denormalization.


47. A talbe is in 4NF if it is 3NF and has no ________.

48. A table is in BCNF if every determinant in the table is a ____________.

49. Normalization represents a micro view of the ___ within the ERD.

50. BCNF can be violated only if the table contains more than one ___ key.