DatabaseManagementSystem
October 12, 2023GATE 2023
October 12, 2023DatabaseManagementSystem
Question 494

Consider a schema R(A, B, C, D) and following functional dependencies.
A → B
B → C
C → D
D → B
Then decomposition of R into R1(A, B), R2(B, C) and R3(B, D) is __________ .
A → B
B → C
C → D
D → B
Then decomposition of R into R1(A, B), R2(B, C) and R3(B, D) is __________ .
Dependency preserving and lossless join.


Lossless join but not dependency preserving.


Dependency preserving but not lossless join.


Not dependency preserving and not lossless join.

Question 494 Explanation:
(A, B) (B, C) – common attribute is (B) and due to B→C, B is a key for (B, C) and hence ABC can be losslessly decomposed into (A, B)and (B, C).
(A, B, C) (B, D) – common attributes is B and B→D is a FD (via B→C, C→D), and hence, B is a key for (B, D). So, decomposition of (A, B, C, D) into (A, B, C) (B, D) is lossless.
Thus the given decomposition is lossless.
The given decomposition is also dependency preserving as the dependencies A→B is present in (A, B), B→C is present in (B, C), D→B is present in (B, D) and C→D is indirectly present via C→B in (B, C) and B→D in (B, D).
(A, B, C) (B, D) – common attributes is B and B→D is a FD (via B→C, C→D), and hence, B is a key for (B, D). So, decomposition of (A, B, C, D) into (A, B, C) (B, D) is lossless.
Thus the given decomposition is lossless.
The given decomposition is also dependency preserving as the dependencies A→B is present in (A, B), B→C is present in (B, C), D→B is present in (B, D) and C→D is indirectly present via C→B in (B, C) and B→D in (B, D).
Correct Answer: A
Question 494 Explanation:
(A, B) (B, C) – common attribute is (B) and due to B→C, B is a key for (B, C) and hence ABC can be losslessly decomposed into (A, B)and (B, C).
(A, B, C) (B, D) – common attributes is B and B→D is a FD (via B→C, C→D), and hence, B is a key for (B, D). So, decomposition of (A, B, C, D) into (A, B, C) (B, D) is lossless.
Thus the given decomposition is lossless.
The given decomposition is also dependency preserving as the dependencies A→B is present in (A, B), B→C is present in (B, C), D→B is present in (B, D) and C→D is indirectly present via C→B in (B, C) and B→D in (B, D).
(A, B, C) (B, D) – common attributes is B and B→D is a FD (via B→C, C→D), and hence, B is a key for (B, D). So, decomposition of (A, B, C, D) into (A, B, C) (B, D) is lossless.
Thus the given decomposition is lossless.
The given decomposition is also dependency preserving as the dependencies A→B is present in (A, B), B→C is present in (B, C), D→B is present in (B, D) and C→D is indirectly present via C→B in (B, C) and B→D in (B, D).
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