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Data Modeling

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1. 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.

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

3. 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.

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

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

6. 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.

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

8. Another word for existence-independent is ____.

9. An ERM is not dependent on the ____________.

10. 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.

11. The Crow's foot symbol with two parallel lines indicates ___ cardinality.

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

13. 1NF - 2NF - and 3NF are _____.

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

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

16. 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 ____.

17. A ______ attribute can have only one value.

18. Depicts all dependencies found within a given table structure is known as a ______.

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

20. 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.


22. The following step occurs first in the process of building an ERD: create a __________ of the organization's description of operations.

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

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

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

26. The set of possible values for an attribute is a ____.

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

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

29. A ___ attribute is one that cannot be subdivided.

30. In a ___ diagram - the arrows above the attribute indicate all desirable dependencies.

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

32. Dependencies can be identified with the help of a dependency _____.

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

34. 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.

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

36. ________ cannot be further subdivided.

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

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

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

40. ____ yields better performance.

41. 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.

42. A table that has all key attributes defined - has no repeating groups - and all its attributes are dependent on the primary key - is said to be in ____.

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

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

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

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

47. Improving ___ leads to more flexible queries.

48. A ___ relationship exists when two entities are associated.

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

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