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1 Relational Algebra 1 Basic Operations

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2 What is an “Algebra” uMathematical system consisting of: wOperands --- variables or values from which new values can be constructed. wOperators --- symbols denoting procedures that construct new values from given values.

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3 What is Relational Algebra? uAn algebra whose operands are relations or variables that represent relations. uOperators are designed to do the most common things that we need to do with relations in a database. wThe result is an algebra that can be used as a query language for relations.

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4 Core Relational Algebra uUnion, intersection, and difference. wUsual set operations, but both operands must have the same relation schema. uSelection: picking certain rows. uProjection: picking certain columns. uProducts and joins: compositions of relations. uRenaming of relations and attributes.

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5 Selection R1 := σ C (R2) wC is a condition (as in “if” statements) that refers to attributes of R2. wR1 is all those tuples of R2 that satisfy C.

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6 Example: Selection Relation Sells: barbeerprice Joe’sBud2.50 Joe’sMiller2.75 Sue’sBud2.50 Sue’sMiller3.00 JoeMenu := σ bar=“Joe’s” (Sells): barbeerprice Joe’sBud2.50 Joe’sMiller2.75

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7 Projection R1 := π L (R2) wL is a list of attributes from the schema of R2. wR1 is constructed by looking at each tuple of R2, extracting the attributes on list L, in the order specified, and creating from those components a tuple for R1. wEliminate duplicate tuples, if any.

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8 Example: Projection Relation Sells: barbeerprice Joe’sBud2.50 Joe’sMiller2.75 Sue’sBud2.50 Sue’sMiller3.00 Prices := π beer,price (Sells): beerprice Bud2.50 Miller2.75 Miller3.00

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9 Extended Projection Using the same π L operator, we allow the list L to contain arbitrary expressions involving attributes: 1.Arithmetic on attributes, e.g., A+B->C. 2.Duplicate occurrences of the same attribute.

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10 Example: Extended Projection R = ( AB ) 12 34 π A+B->C,A,A (R) =CA1A2 311 733

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11 Product R3 := R1 Χ R2 wPair each tuple t1 of R1 with each tuple t2 of R2. wConcatenation t1t2 is a tuple of R3. wSchema of R3 is the attributes of R1 and then R2, in order. wBut beware attribute A of the same name in R1 and R2: use R1.A and R2.A.

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12 Example: R3 := R1 Χ R2 R1(A,B ) 12 34 R2(B,C ) 56 78 9 10 R3(A,R1.B,R2.B,C ) 1256 1278 129 10 3456 3478 349 10

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13 Theta-Join R3 := R1 ⋈ C R2 Take the product R1 Χ R2. Then apply σ C to the result. As for σ, C can be any boolean-valued condition. wHistoric versions of this operator allowed only A B, where is =, <, etc.; hence the name “theta-join.”

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14 Example: Theta Join Sells(bar,beer,price )Bars(name,addr ) Joe’sBud2.50Joe’sMaple St. Joe’sMiller2.75Sue’sRiver Rd. Sue’sBud2.50 Sue’sCoors3.00 BarInfo := Sells ⋈ Sells.bar = Bars.name Bars BarInfo(bar,beer,price,name,addr ) Joe’sBud2.50Joe’sMaple St. Joe’sMiller2.75Joe’sMaple St. Sue’sBud2.50Sue’sRiver Rd. Sue’sCoors3.00Sue’sRiver Rd.

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15 Natural Join uA useful join variant (natural join) connects two relations by: wEquating attributes of the same name, and wProjecting out one copy of each pair of equated attributes. Denoted R3 := R1 ⋈ R2.

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16 Example: Natural Join Sells(bar,beer,price )Bars(bar,addr ) Joe’sBud2.50Joe’sMaple St. Joe’sMiller2.75Sue’sRiver Rd. Sue’sBud2.50 Sue’sCoors3.00 BarInfo := Sells ⋈ Bars Note: Bars.name has become Bars.bar to make the natural join “work.” BarInfo(bar,beer,price,addr ) Joe’sBud2.50Maple St. Joe’sMilller2.75Maple St. Sue’sBud2.50River Rd. Sue’sCoors3.00River Rd.

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17 Renaming The ρ operator gives a new schema to a relation. R1 := ρ R1(A1,…,An) (R2) makes R1 be a relation with attributes A1,…,An and the same tuples as R2. uSimplified notation: R1(A1,…,An) := R2.

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18 Example: Renaming Bars(name, addr ) Joe’sMaple St. Sue’sRiver Rd. R(bar, addr ) Joe’sMaple St. Sue’sRiver Rd. R(bar, addr) := Bars

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19 Building Complex Expressions uCombine operators with parentheses and precedence rules. uThree notations, just as in arithmetic: 1.Sequences of assignment statements. 2.Expressions with several operators. 3.Expression trees.

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20 Sequences of Assignments uCreate temporary relation names. uRenaming can be implied by giving relations a list of attributes. Example: R3 := R1 ⋈ C R2 can be written: R4 := R1 Χ R2 R3 := σ C (R4)

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21 Expressions in a Single Assignment Example: the theta-join R3 := R1 ⋈ C R2 can be written: R3 := σ C (R1 Χ R2) uPrecedence of relational operators: 1.[ σ, π, ρ ] (highest). 2.[ Χ, ⋈ ]. 3.∩. 4.[ ∪, — ]

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22 Expression Trees uLeaves are operands --- either variables standing for relations or particular, constant relations. uInterior nodes are operators, applied to their child or children.

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23 Example: Tree for a Query uUsing the relations Bars(name, addr) and Sells(bar, beer, price), find the names of all the bars that are either on Maple St. or sell Bud for less than $3.

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24 As a Tree: BarsSells σ addr = “Maple St.” σ price<3 AND beer=“Bud” π name ρ R(name) π bar ∪

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25 Example: Self-Join uUsing Sells(bar, beer, price), find the bars that sell two different beers at the same price. uStrategy: by renaming, define a copy of Sells, called S(bar, beer1, price). The natural join of Sells and S consists of quadruples (bar, beer, beer1, price) such that the bar sells both beers at this price.

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26 The Tree Sells ρ S(bar, beer1, price) ⋈ π bar σ beer != beer1

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27 Schemas for Results uUnion, intersection, and difference: the schemas of the two operands must be the same, so use that schema for the result. uSelection: schema of the result is the same as the schema of the operand. uProjection: list of attributes tells us the schema.

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28 Schemas for Results --- (2) uProduct: schema is the attributes of both relations. wUse R.A, etc., to distinguish two attributes named A. uTheta-join: same as product. uNatural join: union of the attributes of the two relations. uRenaming: the operator tells the schema.

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References in your textbook uChapter 2 w2.4 29

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Homework from your textbook u2.4.1 u2.4.2 30

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