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Author Gyssens, Marc ♦ van Gucht, Dirk
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©1989
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Abstract The algebras and query languages for nested relations defined thus far do not allow us to “flatten” a relation scheme by disregarding the internal representation of data. In real life, however, the degree in which the structure of certain information, such as addresses, phone numbers, etc., is taken into account depends on the particular application and may even vary in time. Therefore, an algebra is proposed that does allow us to simplify relations by disregarding the internal structure of a certain class of information. This algebra is based on a careful manipulation of attribute names. Furthermore, the key operator in this algebra, called “copying,” allows us to deal with various other common queries in a very uniform manner, provided these queries are interpreted as operations on classes of semantically equivalent relations rather than individual relations. Finally, it is shown that the proposed algebra is complete in the sense of Bancilhon and Paredaens.
ISSN 00045411
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1989-10-01
Publisher Place New York
e-ISSN 1557735X
Journal Journal of the ACM (JACM)
Volume Number 36
Issue Number 4
Page Count 36
Starting Page 790
Ending Page 825


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Source: ACM Digital Library