# Re: Idempotence and "Replication Insensitivity" are equivalent ?

Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2006 08:17:39 GMT

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"paul c" <toledobythesea_at_oohay.ac> wrote in message
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> David Cressey wrote:

*> > "Chris Smith" <cdsmith_at_twu.net> wrote in message
**> > news:MPG.1f7ca1de6d803d8598972e_at_news.altopia.net...
**> >> <pamelafluente_at_libero.it> wrote:
**> >>> I have problems to follow you here. Has I said I know nothing about
**> >>> theory. Do not know what you mean by the term "projection of
**> >>> relations".
**> >>> Is it something simple to grasp?
**> >> It just means that you form a new relation which contains a subset of
**> >> the information in the first relation by choosing some of the columns.
**> >> If you have an n-ary relation of the form A1 x A2 x A3 x ... x An, then
**> >> there are 2^n - 1 possible projections (excluding the project that
**> >> selects no columns, because it's useless; but quite arbitrarily
**> >> including the identity projection, which is just the original
*

relation).

> >> Because a relation is a set, the projection will combine any tuples

that

> >> have duplicate values in ALL of the projected columns. So if you have:

*> >
**> > Chris, your answer is correct and complete when it comes to projecting
*

a

> > relation into a domain.

*> > ...
*

>

> David, it's probably me (apologies if I sound like I'm too much into the

*> plonk once again), but maybe there's a slight chance it's you, so I'll*

*> ask. What does it mean to PROJECT a relation onto a domain? Is the*

*> relation referring in all ways, only to a domain? Or is such a relation*

*> secondary in some way? Or is this a different kind of lingo than what*

*> usually comes up here? I'm just guessing here ...*

>

It's probably me. I'm trying to use the term "domain" the way some of the mathematicians seem to be using it.

I probably misinterpreted something I read in here. That'll teach me to learn things in c.d.t.! Received on Sat Sep 23 2006 - 10:17:39 CEST