Logical Data Modeling - Antisymmetry relationship


A Antisymmetric relation is a relationship that happens when for all a and b in X:

  • if a is related to b
  • then b is NOT related to a
  • or b=a (reflexivity is allowed)

In mathematical notation, an Antisymmetric relation between x and y follows <MATH> y = f(x)\\ x \neq f(y) \\ x = f(y) \text{ only because } x = y </MATH>

Or in other word, if the relation is a asymmetric

  • if a is related to b
  • if b is related to a
  • then a = b

Every asymmetric relation is antisymmetric.


  • the divisibility relation (on natural numbers): 12 is divisible by 4, but 4 is not divisible by 12
    • if n and m are distinct and n is a factor of m, then m cannot be a factor of n.
    • therefore the only way each of two numbers can be divisible by the other is if the two are, in fact, the same number


Entity Model

When there is a direction on the association, the relationship is antisymmetric.

Set of tuple

A antisymmetric relation in the set of {1,2,3} would be the set of tuple



  • An antisymmetric and asymmetric relation between x and y (asymmetric because it is not reflexive)

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