Re: Sixth normal form
Date: Tue, 07 Aug 2007 13:34:48 -0700
On Aug 7, 3:30 pm, Jan Hidders <hidd..._at_gmail.com> wrote:
> On 7 aug, 20:36, vldm10 <vld..._at_yahoo.com> wrote:
> > On Aug 1, 7:36 am, Jan Hidders <hidd..._at_gmail.com> wrote:
> > > Any attempt to reformulate it to something easier or more intuitive in
> > > my experience almost always ends up with something that is either
> > > wrong or actually harder to understand.
> > > The only somewhat mysterious part may be the "JD is implied by the
> > > CKs" but this can be tested by the following simple procedure:
> > > 1. Let jd be the join dependency we want to test
> > > 2. While jd has two elements (being sets of attributes) Si and Sj such
> > > that the intersection of Si and Sj contains a candidate key do:
> > > 2.1 replace Si and Sj with the union of Si and Sj
> > > 3. If jd contains the header of the relation (which is also a set of
> > > attributes) then return "yes" else "false"
> > > -- Jan Hidders
> > You gave here the procedure which is more on intuitive level than
> > based on some formal system.
> Although somewhat informally described by me, it is a proper algorithm
> and as such *is* a formal system that has been proven both sound and
> > The other thing here which is maybe with a questionable meaning is
> > "The only somewhat mysterious part...". This seems like there are
> > some other parts in definition of 5NF.
> You may want to check your irony-meter. It seems broken. :-)
> > Now we can set the question - why mentioned procedure for misterios
> > part is combination of formal and intuitive. Although, mentioned
> > procedure is useful, I beleive it is good to be aware of the
> > following:
> > a) Cks are based on FDs and for FDs there is a formal system.
> > b) For JDs there is no formal system in the sense of complete
> > inference rules.
> JDs have been succesfully axiomatized. In fact, much larger classes
> including MVDs, FDs and much more have been axiomatized. See the Alice
> book for a wealth of information on that.
> -- Jan Hidders- Hide quoted text -
> - Show quoted text -
There is no irony in my post. I am sorry, that you understood this as an irony. You used the term "mysterious part" for esential of 5NF. If you use this term like "loosely" kind of everday user-group communication, than it is OK for me. I can understand it. If you mean something serious, than I need additional explanation. I also clearly wrote, " Although, mentioned procedure is useful,...". Regarding the formal level of the procedure, I gave my opinion and signed it as well as you gave and sign your.
Vladimir Odrljin Received on Tue Aug 07 2007 - 22:34:48 CEST