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# Relational Algebra Operations

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### What is the expression to retrieve only the FNAME, LNAME, and SALARY columns from the EMPLOYEE relation where DNO=5?

FNAME, LNAME, SALARY( DNO=5(EMPLOYEE))

### What is the purpose of the union operation in relational algebra?

To retrieve all tuples that are either in R or in S or in both R and S, eliminating duplicate tuples.

### What is the condition for two relations R1 and R2 to be type compatible for the union operation?

<p>They must have the same number of attributes, and the domains of corresponding attributes must be compatible.</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is the symbol for the union operation in relational algebra?

<p></p> Signup and view all the answers

### How can the rename operation be expressed in relational algebra?

<p> S (B1, B2, …, Bn ) ( R) or  S ( R) or  (B1, B2, …, Bn ) ( R)</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is the purpose of the selection operation in relational algebra?

<p>To filter out tuples that do not satisfy a certain condition.</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is the result of the expression DEP5_EMPS  DNO=5 (EMPLOYEE)?

<p>A relation DEP5_EMPS that includes only the tuples from EMPLOYEE where DNO=5.</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is the notation used to represent the selection operation that selects employees whose dno is 4 and salary is greater than \$30,000?

<p>σ DNO = 4 AND SALARY &gt; 30,000 (EMPLOYEE)</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is the property of the SELECT operation that states it is applied to a single relation?

<p>The SELECT operator is unary; it is applied to a single relation.</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is the degree of the relation resulting from a SELECT operation?

<p>The same as the degree of R</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is the term used to refer to the fraction of tuples selected by a selection condition?

<p>Selectivity of the condition</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is the property of the SELECT operation that states it produces a relation with the same schema as R?

<p>The SELECT operation σ (R) produces a relation S that has the same schema as R</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is the property of the SELECT operation that states it is commutative?

<p>σ (σ ( R)) = σ (σ ( R))</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is the purpose of the PROJECT operation in relational algebra?

<p>The PROJECT operation selects certain columns from the table and discards the other columns.</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is the result of applying a cascaded SELECT operation in any order?

<p>σ (σ (σ ( R))) = σ AND AND ( R))</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is the purpose of the COUNT function in relational algebra?

<p>To count tuples or values.</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is the function of ℱMAX in relational algebra?

<p>To retrieve the maximum value of a specified attribute.</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is the purpose of the recursive closure operation in relational algebra?

<p>To retrieve all related tuples at all levels of a recursive relationship.</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is the limitation of specifying a query in relational algebra?

<p>Not being able to specify a query that requires a looping mechanism.</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is the purpose of the ℱSUM function in relational algebra?

<p>To retrieve the sum of the values of a specified attribute.</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is the purpose of the ℱMIN function in relational algebra?

<p>To retrieve the minimum value of a specified attribute.</p> Signup and view all the answers

### How does the DNO ℱCOUNT SSN, AVERAGE Salary (Employee) operation work?

<p>It groups employees by department number and computes the count of employees and average salary per department.</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What standard includes syntax for recursive closure?

<p>SQL3</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What happens to the attributes that are not union compatible in an outer union operation?

<p>They are kept in the result relation with null values.</p> Signup and view all the answers

### How are tuples matched in an outer union operation?

<p>Tuples are matched based on having the same combination of values of the shared attributes.</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is the result relation name in the example of an outer union operation between the STUDENT and INSTRUCTOR relations?

<p>STUDENT_OR_INSTRUCTOR</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is the purpose of the outer union operation in the example?

<p>To combine the STUDENT and INSTRUCTOR relations into a single relation.</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is the condition for selecting tuples from the DEPARTMENT relation in the query Q1?

<p>DNAME='Research'</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is the purpose of the query Q1?

<p>To retrieve the name and address of all employees who work for the 'Research' department.</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is the name of the temporary relation that stores the result of the selection operation in the query Q1?

<p>RESEARCH_DEPT</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is the purpose of the projection operation in the query Q1?

<p>To retrieve only the FNAME, LNAME, and ADDRESS columns.</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is the main difference between the NATURAL JOIN operation and the OUTER JOIN operation?

<p>The NATURAL JOIN eliminates tuples without matching tuples from the join result, whereas the OUTER JOIN operation keeps all tuples in the result, padding with null values as needed.</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is the left outer join operation, and how does it handle tuples with no matching tuples in the other relation?

<p>The left outer join operation keeps every tuple in the first or left relation R in the result, and if no matching tuple is found in S, the attributes of S in the join result are filled with null values.</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is the purpose of the OUTER UNION operation, and how does it differ from the traditional UNION operation?

<p>The OUTER UNION operation is used to take the union of tuples from two relations that are not union compatible, and it handles partially compatible attributes by padding with null values.</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is the main difference between the left outer join and the right outer join operations?

<p>The left outer join operation keeps every tuple in the first or left relation R in the result, whereas the right outer join operation keeps every tuple in the second or right relation S in the result.</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is the full outer join operation, and how does it handle tuples with no matching tuples in the other relation?

<p>The full outer join operation keeps all tuples in both the left and right relations in the result, padding with null values as needed.</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is the main advantage of using the OUTER JOIN operation over the NATURAL JOIN operation?

<p>The OUTER JOIN operation keeps all tuples in the result, even if there are no matching tuples, whereas the NATURAL JOIN operation eliminates such tuples, resulting in loss of information.</p> Signup and view all the answers

### How do the OUTER JOIN operations handle tuples with null values in the join attributes?

<p>The OUTER JOIN operations pad the attributes of the other relation with null values in the join result.</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is the main difference between the OUTER JOIN operation and the traditional JOIN operation?

<p>The OUTER JOIN operation keeps all tuples in the result, even if there are no matching tuples, whereas the traditional JOIN operation eliminates such tuples.</p> Signup and view all the answers

## Study Notes

### Relational Algebra Operations

• A relational algebra expression can be written in a single expression or as a sequence of operations with intermediate relations
• The rename operation is denoted by ρ, and can be expressed in three forms:
• ρ S (B1, B2, …, Bn) (R) renames relation R to S with column names B1, B2, …, Bn
• ρ S (R) renames relation R to S without specifying column names
• ρ (B1, B2, …, Bn) (R) renames a relation with column names B1, B2, …, Bn without specifying a new relation name

### UNION Operation

• The UNION operation, denoted by ⋃, combines two relations into one, eliminating duplicates
• The two operands must be "type compatible", meaning they have the same number of attributes and compatible domains

### SELECT Operation Properties

• The SELECT operation is unary, meaning it is applied to a single relation
• The selection operation is applied to each tuple individually, and cannot involve more than one tuple
• The degree of the resulting relation is the same as the original relation
• The number of tuples in the resulting relation is less than or equal to the number of tuples in the original relation
• The SELECT operation is commutative, meaning the order of operations does not matter
• A cascaded SELECT operation can be replaced by a single selection with a conjunction of all the conditions

### PROJECT Operation

• The PROJECT operation selects certain columns from a table and discards the others, creating a vertical partitioning of the data
• Common functions applied to collections of numeric values include SUM, AVERAGE, MAXIMUM, and MINIMUM, as well as COUNT for counting tuples or values

### Functional Operator ℱ

• The functional operator ℱ is used to perform aggregate functions, such as MAX, MIN, and SUM, on a relation
• Example: ℱMAX Salary (Employee) retrieves the maximum salary value from the Employee relation

### Recursive Closure Operations

• Recursive closure operations involve applying an operation to a recursive relationship
• Example: retrieving all supervisees of an employee at all levels
• This type of operation is not possible in basic relational algebra, but can be specified in SQL3 standard using recursive syntax

### OUTER JOIN Operation

• An OUTER JOIN operation is used when we want to keep all tuples in one or both relations, even if there are no matching tuples
• There are three types of OUTER JOIN: LEFT OUTER JOIN, RIGHT OUTER JOIN, and FULL OUTER JOIN

### OUTER UNION Operation

• An OUTER UNION operation takes the union of tuples from two relations, even if they are not union compatible
• The attributes that are union compatible are represented only once in the result, and those that are not union compatible from either relation are also kept in the result relation

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This quiz covers relational algebra operations, including selection, projection, and rename operations. It also includes examples of relational algebra expressions.

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