The Nested Universal Relation Database Model by Mark LeveneThe Nested Universal Relation Database Model by Mark Levene

The Nested Universal Relation Database Model

byMark Levene

Paperback | May 20, 1992

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This monograph describes a method of data modelling whosebasic aim is to make databases easier to use by providingthem with logical data independence. To achieve this, thenested UR (universal relation) model is defined by extendingthe classical UR model to nested relations. Nested relationsgeneralize flat relations and allow hierarchicallystructured objects to be modelled directly, whereas theclassical UR model allows the user to view the database asif it were composed of a single flat relation. The authorpresents a comprehensive formalisation of the nestedrelational model, which incorporated null values into themodel. Functional data dependencies and the classical notionof lossless decomposition are extended to nested relationsand an extended chase procedure is defined to test thesatisfaction of the data dependencies. The nested UR modelis defined, and the classical UR model is shown to be aspecial case of the nested model.This implies that an URinterface canbe implemented by using the nested UR model,thus gaining the full advantages of nested relations overflat relations.
Title:The Nested Universal Relation Database ModelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.01 inPublished:May 20, 1992Publisher:Springer Berlin HeidelbergLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3540554939

ISBN - 13:9783540554936

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Table of Contents

The underlying database models.- The null extended nested relational model.- Null extended data dependencies and the extended chase.- A universal relation model for a nested database.- A universal relation model for a single nested relation.- Concluding remarks and ongoing research.