Re: 1 NF

From: Anith Sen <>
Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2007 08:32:26 -0600
Message-ID: <es6o5p$nos$>

"-CELKO-" <> wrote in message
>>> the relation that contains the combinations of parts ever shipped in one
>>> or more shipments, a set of sets if you will. <<
> This is not 1NF in most cases be a single attribute because each part
> has meaning in the data model. YOu teally do want to look at them. To
> make 1NF atomic you would need a data model in which the lowst unit is
> the shipment -- a container level model.
>>> If it is a single attribute relation, then it may be hard to display
>>> without some device such as a "generated key". <<
> You would usually have a shipment number that might be derived from
> source, destination, etc.
>>> If certain relations we can imagine are not possible in Codd's RM
>>> without an arbitrary number of attributes then I'd think that his theory
>>> is broken. <<
> The theory is still good; modeling is hard.
> And not everything fits into RM. Documents and text searching require
> semantics and return a fuzzy revelance match number. Pictures are
> even worse. A human can look at a political cartoon, a symbol
> (Doonsberry's floating war helment) and a photogrpah and know that
> they are all George Buch. There is no way to write a join for that
> kind of matching.

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> Fractals curves also have problems, since there is
> an infinite distance between any two points and you cannot determine
> if a point is inaide or outside of a closed fractal curve.
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