Re: No exceptions?

From: Jon Heggland <>
Date: Sat, 01 Jul 2006 19:24:43 +0200
Message-ID: <e86b8l$i3l$>

Bob Badour wrote:
> Jon Heggland wrote:

>> "Every attribute" would also be a superkey (speaking loosely). The empty
>> set is a subset of every set.

> I respectfully suggest the confusion caused by your use of key without
> the 'candidate' qualification demonstrates exactly why we have the term.
> I suppose irreducible key would do just as well, but for historical
> reasons, candidate key already means an irreducible key.

I don't think the confusion is on my part. "Key" (as opposed to "superkey") already implies irreducibility; that's the point of the superkey/key distinction. A "candidate key" is certainly irreducible (due to being a key), but "irreducible key" is redundant.

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