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Relational Algebra (CB Chapter 5.1) CPSC 356 Database Ellen Walker Hiram College

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Relational Algebra Mathematical language for operating on relations Each operator takes one or more relations as input, and produces one relation as output Relational algebra operators can be implemented as functions in a programming language A relational algebra expression indicates which operators to use, in which order

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Example Relation (PhoneBook) FirstLastDept PhoneTitle LouisOliphantCPSCLouis5275Asst EllenWalkerCPSCWalkerEL5250Prof LauraVanWormerPHYSVanwormerLA5249Prof CathyMansorWECMansorCN5957Dean BradGoodnerBIOLGoodnerBW5260Prof

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Another Relation (Dept) NameBuilding CPSCColton WECHinsdale PHYSGerstacker BIOLGerstacker MGMTHinsdale

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Selection ( condition ) The output relation has all rows of the input relation that satisfy the condition (Title=“prof”) Phonebook FirstLastDept PhoneTitle LauraVanWormerPHYSVanwormerLA5249Prof EllenWalkerCPSCWalkerEL5250Prof BradGoodnerBIOLGoodnerBW5260Prof

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Valid Conditions Basic condition –Dept = ‘CS’attribute compare to const –First < Lastattribute compare to attribute Combination of conditions using AND, OR, or NOT Note: All attributes must come from the relation in the selection

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Pseudocode for Selection Select (input relation, condition, &output rel) Do for every tuple in the input relation If the tuple satisfies the condition Copy the tuple to the output relation Time = O(number of tuples in input relation)

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Projection ( attributes ) Create a new relation with only the listed attributes in it. last, phone PhoneBook LastPhone Oliphant5275 Walker5250 VanWormer5249 Mansor5957 Goodner5260

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Relations Have No Duplicates dept PhoneBook Only 4 rows, even though PhoneBook had 5! Dept CPSC PHYS WEC BIOL

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Pseudocode for Projection Project (input relation, attribute-list, &output rel) Do for every tuple in the input relation Do for every attribute in the input relation If the attribute is in the attribute-list copy the value to the output relation Remove duplicates in the output relation Time = O(number of tuples in relation + time for duplicate-removal)

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Combining Select & Project first, last ( title=prof PhoneBook ) FirstLast LauraVanWormer EllenWalker BradGoodner

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Remember: A Relation is a Set A set is an unordered collection of unique elements Set S = {1,2,3} “1 is an element of S” {a,b,c} = {a,c,b} A subset of a set is another set whose elements all come from the original set. {a,b} is a subset of {a,c,b} {1,2,3} is a subset of {1,2,3} {1,2,4} is not a subset of {1,2,3} {} (the empty set) is a subset of every set!

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Basic Set Operations Union: the set of all elements in either or both original sets –{1,2} union {2,3} = {1,2,3} Intersection: the set of all elements in both original sets (only) –{1,2} intersect {2,3} = {2} Set Difference: the set of all elements in the first but not the second set –{1,2} – {2,3} = {1}

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Applying to Relations Relations must be “comparable” –Same set of attributes in each relation! Union = all tuples Intersection = all matching tuples Set Difference = all tuples from first but not second

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Basic Operation Examples R1 = dept PhoneBook R2 = name as “dept” Dept –Rename attribute to be same R1 R2 = R2 (in this case) R1 R2 = R1 (in this case) R1 – R2 = { } (empty set) R2 – R1 = Dept CPSC PHYS WEC BIOL Dept CPSC PHYS WEC BIOL MGMT R1R2 Dept MGMT

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Another Set Operation Cartesian product: a set of ordered pairs, where each contains one element from each original set {1,2,3} x {a, b} = {(1,a), (1,b), (2,a), (2,b), (3,a), (3,b)} For Relations: create a new relation with every combination of tuples

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Cartesian Product (X) dept, last PhoneBook X Dept LastDeptNameBldg OliphantCPSC Colton WalkerCPSC Colton VanWorme r PHYS CPSCColton MansorWEC CPSCColton GoodnerBIOL CPSCColton OliphantCPSC WECHinsdale WalkerCPSC WECHinsdale VanWorme r PHYS WECHinsdale MansorWEC Hinsdale GoodnerBIOL WECHinsdale OliphantCPSC PHYSColton WalkerCPSC PHYSColton Etc….

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Pseudocode for Cartesian Product Product (relation1, relation2, &output rel) Do for every tuple in relation1 Do for every tuple in relation2 Build a row with all attributes from both relations Add it to the output relation Time = O(number of tuples in relation1 * number of tuples in relation 2) This is the most expensive operation in relational algebra!

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Join Combines X and Select Theta Join: – any condition R1 X R2 Equijoin: – equality condition R1 X R2 Natural Join: – equality condition R1 X R2 –Project to remove one copy of each equal attribute Left or Right Outer Join: –Include all tuples from (left or right) side, even if they don’t have a match

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Naïve Pseudocode for Join Join (rel1, rel2, condition, output rel) product (rel1, rel2, tmp) select (tmp, condition, output rel) Time: Same as Cartesian Product To keep time down, keep the size of the relations down -- we’ll look at this later!

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Let’s Try Some Examples: What are the first and last names of all professors who don’t work in Hinsdale? What are the telephone extensions of people who work in Hinsdale? Which buildings contain people whose phone numbers are between 5000 and 5200? List the Dept. Name, Building Name, and phone numbers for All departments (even those without phone numbers).

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First and last names of all professors who don’t work in Hinsdale Select “all professors” – Title=“Prof” (Phonebook) Select “Departments not in Hinsdale” – Bldg != “Hinsdale” (Dept) Connect these relations where depts match –( Title=“Prof” (Phonebook)) |X| Dept=Name ( Bldg != “Hinsdale” (Dept)) One project to get the final result – first,last (( Title=“Prof” (Phonebook)) |X| Dept=Name ( Bldg != “Hinsdale” (Dept)))

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Telephone extensions of people who work in Hinsdale Select “Departments in Hinsdale” and project to just Dept to make the table smaller – Name ( Bldg = “Hinsdale” (Dept)) Join with PhoneBook to get only those in the right departments – Name ( Bldg = “Hinsdale” (Dept)) |X| Dept=Name PhoneBook) Project to get just the extensions – Phone ( Name ( Bldg = “Hinsdale” (Dept)) |X| Dept=Name PhoneBook))

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Buildings with phone numbers between 5000 and 5300 Select to get phone numbers from 5000 to 5300 and Project to have only the dept attribute – dept ( 5000 =Phone (PhoneBooks)) Join with Dept to associate department names with buildings –( dept ( 5000 =Phone (PhoneBooks)) |X| dept=name (Dept)) Project to get just the building names – bldg (( dept ( 5000 =Phone (PhoneBooks)) |X| dept=name (Dept)))

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Dept. Name, Building, and phone numbers for all departments Join to include info from *ALL* departments. This requires an outer join –Dept X| name=dept PhoneBook Project to get the right attributes – name, bldg,phone Dept X| name=dept PhoneBook

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Aggregation Operations that allow you to combine all the values in a table (column) in some way: COUNT SUM AVG MIN MAX –Examples: How many CPSC majors are there? What is the average GPA of CPSC majors?

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Grouping Aggregate all elements in one column based on values in another column Aggregation operators (COUNT, SUM, AVG, MIN, MAX) Format: – group-by-attribute, F OPER attribute (table) Note: F is a backward cursive F in the book.

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Grouping Examples List average GPAs by major major F AVG GPA (Student) What is the average GPA of CPSC students? σ major=CPSC ( major F AVG GPA (Student)) List number of faculty in each department dept F COUNT id (Faculty)

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