In American Mathematical Monthly 90 (1983), pp. 101-118.

Relational Databases

Quentin F. Stout
EECS Department, University of Michigan

Patricia Woodworth
Ithaca College

Abstract: This expository paper surveys the motivation, theory and use of relational databases. The use of normal forms to reduce the size of databases is discussed, along with their relationship to dependencies and various decompositions.

Keywords: relational databases, normal forms, selection, projection, lossless decomposition

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