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Re: Counting propositions

From: Paul Vernon <paul.vernon_at_ukk.ibmm.comm>
Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2004 13:55:58 +0100
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> > > > Given that all relvars have a key, and assuming that your '*' is a
> > > > macro that expands to 'all attributes' (don't matter what phase of
> > > > query processing), then nr is going to equal the number of tuples in
> > > > the relvar.
> > >
> > > Ok. But why there is a need to know this number ?
> > > It is like saying "today I made 100 affirmations".
> >
> > Have you never wanted to know how many of something you had? Can you
> > not envisage a large business wanting to know, for example, how many
> > employees it has?
>
> Employees yes. Propositions no.

But in a relational database, all you have are propositions. There is nothing else there that counts.

Regards
Paul Vernon
Business Intelligence, IBM Global Services Received on Tue Jun 15 2004 - 07:55:58 CDT

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