Chapter 3: Advanced Database Analysis

Chapter 3: Advanced Database Analysis

Advanced Database Analysis Modern Database Management 10th Edition, International Edition Jeffrey A. Hoffer, V. Ramesh, Heikki Topi 2011 Pearson Education 1 Objectives

Define terms Understand use of supertype/subtype relationships Understand use of specialization and generalization techniques Specify completeness and disjointness constraints Develop supertype/subtype hierarchies for realistic business situations Develop entity clusters Explain universal (packaged) data model

Describe special features of data modeling project using packaged data model 2 Supertypes and Subtypes Enhanced ER model: extends original ER model

with new modeling constructs Subtype: A subgrouping of the entities in an entity type that has attributes distinct from those in other subgroupings Supertype: A generic entity type that has a relationship with one or more subtypes Attribute Inheritance: Subtype entities inherit values of all attributes of the supertype An instance of a subtype is also an instance of the supertype

3 Figure 3-1 Basic notation for supertype/subtype notation a) EER notatio n 4 Figure 3-1 Basic notation for supertype/subtype notation (cont.)

b) Microsoft Visio Notation Different modeling tools may have different notation for the same modeling constructs 5 Figure 3-2 Employee supertype with three subtypes All employee subtypes

will have employee number, name, address, and date hired Each employee subtype will also have its own attributes 6 Relationships and Subtypes

Relationships at the supertype level indicate that all subtypes will participate in the relationship The instances of a subtype may participate in a relationship unique to that subtype. In this situation, the relationship is shown at the subtype level 7 Figure 3-3 Supertype/subtype relationships in a hospital

Both outpatients and resident patients are cared for by a responsible physician Only resident patients are assigned to a bed 8

Generalization and Specialization Generalization: The process of defining a more general entity type from a set of more specialized entity types. BOTTOM-UP Specialization: The process of defining one or more subtypes of the supertype and forming supertype/subtype relationships. TOP-DOWN

9 Figure 3-4 Example of generalization a) Three entity types: CAR, TRUCK, and MOTORCYCLE All these types of vehicles have common attributes 10 Figure 3-4 Example of generalization (cont.) b) Generalization to VEHICLE supertype

So we put the shared attributes in a supertype Note: no subtype for motorcycle, since it has no unique attributes 11 Figure 3-5 Example of specialization a) Entity type PART

Only applies to manufactured parts Applies only to purchased parts 12 Figure 3-5 Example of specialization (cont.) b) Specialization to MANUFACTURED PART and PURCHASED PART Created 2

subtypes Note: multivalued attribute was replaced by an associative entity relationship to another entity 13 Constraints in Supertype/ Completeness Constraint Completeness Constraints:

Whether an instance of a supertype must also be a member of at least one subtype Total Specialization Rule: Yes (double line) Partial Specialization Rule: No (single line) 14 Figure 3-6 Examples of completeness constraints a) Total specialization rule 15

Figure 3-6 Examples of completeness constraints (cont.) b) Partial specialization rule 16 Constraints in Supertype/ Disjointness constraint Disjointness Constraints: Whether an instance of a supertype may

simultaneously be a member of two (or more) subtypes Disjoint Rule: An instance of the supertype can be only ONE of the subtypes Overlap Rule: An instance of the supertype could be more than one of the subtypes 17 Figure 3-7 Examples of disjointness constraints a) Disjoint rule

18 Figure 3-7 Examples of disjointness constraints (cont.) b) Overlap rule 19 Constraints in Supertype/ Subtype Discriminators Subtype Discriminator: An attribute of

the supertype whose values determine the target subtype(s) Disjoint a simple attribute with alternative values to indicate the possible subtypes Overlapping a composite attribute whose subparts pertain to different subtypes. Each subpart contains a Boolean value to indicate whether or not the instance belongs to the associated subtype 20

Figure 3-8 Introducing a subtype discriminator (disjoint rule) 21 Figure 3-9 Subtype discriminator (overlap rule) 22 Figure 3-10 Example of supertype/subtype hierarchy 23

Entity Clusters EER diagrams are difficult to read when there are too many entities and relationships Solution: Group entities and relationships into entity clusters Entity cluster: Set of one or more entity types and associated relationships grouped into a single abstract entity type 24

Figure 3-13a Possible entity clusters for Pine Valley Furniture in Microsoft Visio Related groups of entities could become clusters

25 Figure 3-13b EER diagram of PVF entity clusters More readable, isnt it? 26 Figure 3-14 Manufacturing entity cluster

Detail for a single cluster 27 Packaged Data Models Predefined data models Could be universal or industry-specific Universal data model = a generic or template data model that can be reused as a starting point for a data modeling project (also called a pattern)

28 Advantages of Packaged Data Models

Use proven model components Save time and cost Less likelihood of data model errors Easier to evolve and modify over time Aid in requirements determination Easier to read Supertype/subtype hierarchies promote reuse Many-to-many relationships enhance model flexibility

Vendor-supplied data model fosters integration with vendors applications Universal models support inter-organizational systems 29 Figure 3-15 PARTY, PARTY ROLE, and ROLE TYPE in a universal data model (a) Basic PARTY universal data model Packaged data models are generic

models that can be customized for a particular organizations business rules 30 Figure 3-15 PARTY, PARTY ROLE, and ROLE TYPE in a universal data model (b) PARTY supertype/subtype hierarchy

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