Database Design Using Entity-Relationship Diagrams

Database Design Using Entity-Relationship Diagrams

by Sikha Bagui, Richard Earp

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ISBN-13: 9780203486054
Publisher: CRC Press
Publication date: 06/01/2004
Series: Foundations of Database Design
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 242
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Dr. Sikha Saha Bagui is an associate professor and interim associate chair in the Department of Computer Science at the University of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida. She teaches a variety of computer science and database courses, and her research areas of concentration are database design, web databases, data mining and statistical computing. Dr. Bagui has published many journal articles and co-authored several books with Dr. Earp.

Dr. Richard Walsh Earp, Professor Emeritus, is a former chair of and former associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and former dean of the College of Science and Technology at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida. Dr. Earp was also an instructor with Learning Tree International and worked for Computer Sciences Corporation at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola as a database consultant after his retirement from academia. He has co-authored several books with Dr. Bagui.

Table of Contents

Data, Databases, and the Software Engineering Process
Building a Database
What is the Software Engineering Process?
Entity Relationship Diagrams and the Software Engineering Life Cycle
Phase 1: Get the Requirements for the Database
Phase 2: Specify the Database
Phase 3: Design the Database

Data and Data Models
Files, Records, and Data Items
Moving from 3 × 5 Cards to Computers
Database Models
The Hierarchical Model
The Network Model
The Relational Model

The Relational Model and Functional Dependencies
Fundamental Relational Database
Relational Database and Sets
Functional Dependency
Non-1NF to 1NF
The Second Normal Form
Non-2NF to 2NF
The Third Normal Form
The Equijoin Operation
Some Functional Dependency Rules
The Boyce Codd Normal Form

The Basic ER Diagram: A Data Modeling Schema
What Is a Data Modeling Schema?
So, What Is an Entity Relationship Diagram?
Defining a Database— Some Definitions: Entity, Relationship, Attribute
A Beginning Methodology
ER Design Methodology
A First "Entity-Only" ER Diagram: An Entity with Attributes
More about Attributes
The Simple or Atomic Attribute
The Composite Attribute
The Multivalued Attribute
The Derived Attribute
English Description of the Entity
The Method
ER Design Methodology
Mapping the Entity Diagram to a Relational Database
Case Study

Beyond the First Entity Diagram
Examining an Entity: Changing an Attribute to Be an Entity
Defining a Relationship for Our New Entity
ER Design Methodology
A Preliminary Grammar for the ER Diagrams
The Relationship
Defining a Second Entity
Does a Relationship Exist?
Attribute or Relationship?
ER Design Methodology
Case Study

Extending Relationships/Structural Constraints
The Cardinality Ratio of a Relationship
One to One (1:1)
Many to One (M:1)
One to Many (1:M)
Many to Many (M:N)
Participation: Full/Partial
English Descriptions
Tighter English
Pattern 1—x:y::k:1
Pattern 2—x:y::k:1
Pattern 3—x:y::k:M
Pattern 4—x:y::k:M
Summary of the Patterns and Relationships
ER Design Methodology
Some Examples of Other Relationships
An Example of the One-to-Many Relationship
An Example of the Many-to-One Relationship
An Example of the Many-to-Many Relationship
One Final Example
ER Design Methodology
Pattern 1—M:1, from the M Side, Full Participation
Pattern 3—1:M, from the 1 Side, Full Participation
Mapping Relationships to a Relational Database
Mapping Binary M:N Relationships
Mapping Binary 1:1 Relationships
Mapping Binary 1:N Relationships
Case Study

The Weak Entity
Strong and Weak Entities
Weak Entities and Structural Constraints
Weak Entities and the Identifying Owner
Another Example of a Weak Entity and the Identifying Owner
Weak Entities Connected to Other Weak Entities
Revisiting the Methodology
Weak Entity Grammar
The Keys
Mapping Weak Entities to a Relational Database
Case Study

Further Extensions for ER Diagrams with Binary Relationships
Attributes of Relationships
The Attributes
Relationships Developing into Entities: The M:N Relationship Revisited
The Entity
More Entities and Relationships
More than Two Entities
More Evolution of the Database
Attributes that Evolve into Entities
Recursive Relationships
Recursive Relationships and Structural Constraints
Multiple Relationships
The Derived or Redundant Relationship
Optional: An Alternative ER Notation for Specifying Structural Constraints on Relationships
Review of the Methodology
ER Design Methodology
The Entity
The Attributes
The Keys
Mapping Rules for Recursive Relationships
Case Study

Ternary and Higher-Order ER Diagrams
Binary or Ternary Relationship?
Structural Constraints for Ternary Relationships
Many to Many to Many (M:M:M)
An Example of an n-ary Relationship
n-ary Relationships Do Not Preclude Binary Relationships
Methodology and Grammar for the n-ary Relationship
A More Exact Grammar
Grammar in a Partial Participation, Ternary Relationship with an M:1:M Relationship
Ternary Relationships from Relationship-Relationship Situations
n-ary Relationships that May Be Resolved into Binary Relationships
Mapping n-ary Relationships to a Relational Database
Review of the Methodology
ER Design Methodology

The Enhanced Entity Relationship (EER) Model
What Is a Generalization or Specialization?
Examples of Generalizations or Specializations
Methodology and Grammar for Generalization/Specialization Relationships
Mapping Rules for Generalizations and Specializations
Mapping Rule 15
Mapping Rule 16
Mapping Rule 17
Mapping Rule 18
Subclasses of Subclasses
Mapping Rule 19
Categories or Union Types
Participation Ratios in Categories or Union Types
Mapping Categories or Union Types When Superclasses Have the Same Primary Keys
Mapping Categories or Union Types When Superclasse
Final ER Design Methodology
ER Design Methodology
Case Study

Relational Mapping and Reverse Engineering ER/EER Diagrams
Steps Used to Map ER/EER Diagrams to Relational Databases
Reverse Engineering
Reverse Engineering Rule 1. Develop Strong Entities
Reverse Engineering Rule 2. Look for 1:1 and 1:N (1:x) Relationships
Reverse Engineering Rule 2a. Check for Attributes of the 1:x Relationship
Reverse Engineering Rule 3. Look for Weak Entities and Multivalued Attributes
Reverse Engineering Rule 3a. Checking for Weak Entities
Reverse Engineering Rule 3b. Checking for Multivalued Attributes
Reverse Engineering Rule 4. Check for M:N and n-ary Relationships
Reverse Engineering Rule 4a. Check for the Binary Case
Reverse Engineering Rule 4b. Check for the n-ary Case
Reverse Engineering Rule 5. Check for Generalization/Specialization Relationships Have Different Primary Keys
Reverse Engineering Rule 5a. Check for Generalization/Specialization Relationships with Disjoint or Overlap Relationships with Total or Partial Participation Constraints
Reverse Engineering Rule 5b. Check for Disjoint Generalization/ Specialization Relationships with Single-Predicate-Defined Attributes
Reverse Engineering Rule 5c. Check for Overlap Generalization/Specialization Relationship with More than One Flag
Reverse Engineering Rule 6. Check for Shared Subclasses
Reverse Engineering Rule 7. Check for Categories or Union Types

A Brief Overview of the Barker/Oracle-Like Model
A First "Entity-Only" ER Diagram: An Entity with Attributes
Attributes in the Barker/Oracle-Like Model
Optional versus Mandatory Attributes
Relationships in the Barker/Oracle-Like Model
Structural Constraints in the Barker/Oracle-Like Model
Dealing with the Concept of the Weak Entity in the Barker/Oracle-Like Model
Dealing with the Concept of Multivalued Attributes in the Barker/Oracle-Like Model
Treatment of Foreign Keys
Recursive Relationships in the Barker/Oracle-Like Model
Mapping M:N Relationships


Each chapter includes an introduction, chapter summary, exercises, and a bibliography

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