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Data Modeling

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1. An ERM is not dependent on the ____________.

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

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

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

5. 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.

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

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

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

9. In order to meet ___ requirements - you may have to denormalize some portion of the database.

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

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

12. In order to meet performance requirements - you may have to denormalize portions of the ________.

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

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

15. 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.

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

17. ________ cannot be further subdivided.

18. 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 ____.

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

20. ____ yields better performance.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

35. 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.

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

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

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

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

40. 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.


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

43. A table where every determinant is a candidate key is said to be in ____.

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

45. Data redundancy produces ____.

46. A ______ attribute can have only one value.

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

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

49. 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 ____.

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