Logical Data Modeling - Asymmetric Relation (Uni-directional|Antisymmetric)

1 - About

An asymmetric relation is a type of binary relation that requiers:

  • antisymmetry (ie if a is related to b, b is not related to a)
  • and irreflexivity (ie an element cannot be related to itself)
Antisymmetry is different from asymmetry because it does not requier irreflexivity, therefore every asymmetric relation is antisymmetric, but the reverse is false.

A relation that is not asymmetric, is symmetric.

A asymmetric relation is an directed relationship .

It's also known as a uni-directional relationship.

3 - Example

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4 - Representation

4.1 - Entity Model

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

4.2 - Set of tuple

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


<1,3>
<2,1>
<3,2>

4.3 - Visual

5 - Documentation / Reference


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