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DATE 2014-11-26
FROM Ruben Safir
SUBJECT Subject: [LIU Comp Sci] Why Normalization Failed to Become the Ultimate Guide for Database
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http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=905060


Why Normalization Failed to Become the Ultimate Guide for Database
Designers?


Marin Fotache


Al.I.Cuza University of Iasi

May 1, 2006


*Abstract: *
With an impressive theoretical foundation, normalization was supposed to
bring rigor and relevance into such a slippery domain as database design
is. Almost every database textbook treats normalization in a certain
extent, usually suggesting that the topic is so clear and consolidated
that it does not deserve deeper discussions. But the reality is
completely different. After more than three decades, normalization not
only has lost much of its interest in the research papers, but also is
still looking for practitioners to apply it effectively. Despite the
vast amount of database literature, comprehensive books illustrating the
application of normalization to effective real-world applications are
still waited. This paper reflects the point of view of an Information
Systems academic who incidentally has been for almost twenty years a
practitioner in developing database applications. It outlines the main
weaknesses of normalization and offers some explanations about the
failure of a generous framework in becoming the so much needed universal
guide for database designers. Practitioners might be interested in
finding out (or confirming) some of the normalization misformulations,
misinterpretations, inconsistencies and fallacies. Theorists could find
useful the presentation of some issues where the normalization theory
was proved to be inadequate, not relevant, or source of confusion.

*Number of Pages in PDF File:* 41

*Keywords:* database design, normalization, functional dependencies,
multi-valued dependencies, normal forms

*JEL Classification:* L86, M1

working papers series

  1. 2014-11-08 Ruben <ruben.safir-at-my.liu.edu> Subject: [LIU Comp Sci] Re: Welcome to learn
  2. 2014-11-08 Ruben <ruben.safir-at-my.liu.edu> Subject: [LIU Comp Sci] second post!!
  3. 2014-11-22 Ruben Safir <mrbrklyn-at-panix.com> Subject: [LIU Comp Sci] Oracle Files for the Homework and Oracle Resources
  4. 2014-11-22 Ruben Safir <mrbrklyn-at-panix.com> Subject: [LIU Comp Sci] Oracle Webineir on pl/sql
  5. 2014-11-22 Ruben Safir <mrbrklyn-at-panix.com> Subject: [LIU Comp Sci] UEFI and Secure Boot
  6. 2014-11-24 Ruben <ruben.safir-at-my.liu.edu> Re: [LIU Comp Sci] Oracle DBA short cuts
  7. 2014-11-24 Ruben Safir <mrbrklyn-at-panix.com> Subject: [LIU Comp Sci] Oracle DBA short cuts
  8. 2014-11-24 Ruben Safir <mrbrklyn-at-panix.com> Subject: [LIU Comp Sci] Re: Database Management Systems: DBMS Announcement on Nov. 23
  9. 2014-11-26 Ruben Safir <mrbrklyn-at-panix.com> Re: [LIU Comp Sci] Problems with Normalization
  10. 2014-11-26 Ruben <ruben.safir-at-my.liu.edu> Subject: [LIU Comp Sci] =?UTF-8?B?UmU6IERhdGFiYXNlIE1hbmFnZW1lbnQgU3lzdGVtczogQ1MgNjQ5IEE=?=
  11. 2014-11-26 Ruben Safir <mrbrklyn-at-panix.com> Subject: [LIU Comp Sci] More problems with modeling and normalization
  12. 2014-11-26 Ruben Safir <mrbrklyn-at-panix.com> Subject: [LIU Comp Sci] Normalize because your professor said too
  13. 2014-11-26 Ruben Safir <mrbrklyn-at-panix.com> Subject: [LIU Comp Sci] Problems with Normalization
  14. 2014-11-26 Ruben Safir <mrbrklyn-at-panix.com> Subject: [LIU Comp Sci] Why Data Models Shouldn't Drive Object Models (And Vice Versa)
  15. 2014-11-26 Ruben Safir <mrbrklyn-at-panix.com> Subject: [LIU Comp Sci] Why Normalization Failed to Become the Ultimate Guide for Database
  16. 2014-11-29 Ruben Safir <mrbrklyn-at-panix.com> Subject: [LIU Comp Sci] Memory Cache theory Architecture Class
  17. 2014-11-30 Ruben Safir <mrbrklyn-at-panix.com> Subject: [LIU Comp Sci] Cache Model in C programming

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