Logical Data Modeling - Relationship Representation / Implementation / Visualisation

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A relationship can be described/implemented by:

Type

Function

A relationship can be represented as a function

Example with a three element (ternary) relationship: <MATH> y = f(x,z) </MATH>

Operator

A binary relationship can be represented as an operator <MATH> y <= x </MATH>

Set of tuples

A relationship can be represented as a set of tuples of every entity identifier.

For instance, the relation less than or equal (⇐) on the set of integers {1, 2, 3} is the set of tuple:

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

The set of tuples can physically be implemented as:

Graphic

The relationship less than or equal (y⇐x) can be represented in the set <math>R</math> against <math>R^2</math> as the below gray area:

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Association

The below diagram defines two associations:

  • a book is published by one publisher and a publisher publishes many books
  • a book is written by many author and a author writes many books

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