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What is Relational Algebra?
Basic set of operations for the relational model that enables a user to specify basic retrieval requests and form a new relation from one or more input relations.
Which of the following are operations of Relational Algebra? (Select all that apply)
What are the 3 steps in defining a database?
Data model, Data Definition Language, Data Manipulation Language
What does the Select σ Unary Relational Operator do?
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Describe the Project π Unary Relational Operator.
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What does the Rename ρ Unary Relational Operator do?
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Which operations are included in Relational Algebra operations from Set Theory? (Select all that apply)
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What is the result of a Union (U) operation?
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Explain the result of an Intersection (∩) operation.
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What does the Difference (-) operation do?
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What happens in a Cartesian Product (X) operation?
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Which operations are considered Binary Relational Operations? (Select all that apply)
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What is the function of the Join ⋈ operation?
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Study Notes
Relational Algebra Overview
- Relational Algebra constitutes operations for the relational model allowing retrieval requests and formation of new relations.
- It forms the foundation for querying databases efficiently.
Operations on Relations
- Two categories of operations exist:
- Update Operations: Include insert, delete, and modify functions.
- Retrieval Operations: Cover select, project, join, union, intersection, difference, cartesian product, and divide.
Database Definition Steps
- Three essential steps for defining a database:
- Establish a data model.
- Utilize a Data Definition Language (DDL) for defining the database structure.
- Implement a Data Manipulation Language (DML) for data handling.
Unary Relational Operations
- Key unary operations include:
- Select (σ): Retrieves specific tuples from a relation based on given conditions.
- Project (π): Filters specific attributes while discarding others.
- Rename (ρ): Changes the names of attributes or relations.
Select (σ) Operation
- Used to select subsets of tuples fulfilling a condition.
- Results maintain all attributes from the original relation.
- Commutative property: Order of operations does not affect results.
- Output size is ≤ input size.
- Example queries:
- Select employees whose department number is four.
- Select employees with a salary greater than 30k in department four.
Project (π) Operation
- Retains certain columns while removing others, creating a vertical partition of data.
- Non-commutative: The order in which attributes are listed affects the outcome.
- Eliminates duplicate tuples with no added conditions.
- Result size is ≤ input size, matching input if a key is included.
- Example query: Project first name, last name, and salary of all employees.
Rename (ρ) Operation
- Allows for renaming attributes and relations.
- Can rename attributes to new names and change a relation's name.
- Flexible in employment, addressing both individual attributes and entire relations.
Set Theory Operations in Relational Algebra
- Key operations derived from set theory encompass:
- Union (U): Combines relations, eliminating duplicates.
- Intersection (∩): Retrieves tuples common to both relations.
- Difference (-): Identifies tuples in one relation excluding those in another.
- Cartesian Product (X): Merges tuples from two relations without type compatibility requirements.
Union (U)
- Combines two relations under compatibility conditions.
- Eliminates duplicate tuples to ensure uniqueness within the result.
Intersection (∩)
- Captures only those tuples present in both relations, akin to the intersection of sets.
Difference (-)
- Produces tuples exclusive to the first relation by subtracting those in the second.
- Not commutative: Order of relations affects output.
Cartesian Product (X)
- Generates combinations of tuples from two relations.
- The number of resulting tuples is the product of the tuple counts in the two relations.
- Typically used in conjunction with the SELECT operation for meaningful data retrieval.
Binary Relational Operations
- Two fundamental binary operations are:
- Join (⋈): Integrates cartesian product with select to extract relevant tuples.
- Division (÷): Utilized to determine relationships fulfilling specific criteria between two sets.
Join (⋈) Operation
- Acts as a combination of cartesian product and select functions.
- Retries all tuples unless limited by conditions.
- Useful for extracting relational data, such as department managers.
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