Thursday, March 5, 2015

Domains, R-tables, and SQL

March blog post @All Analytics:

To ensure sensible results from and correct interpretations of analysis of data from SQL tables or extracts thereof, analysts must know the tables’ interpretation -- the business rules underlying them -- which is rarely documented.

They should be represented in the database by integrity constraints -- not perfect substitutes, because they are very loose approximations to the rules -- but if they are enforced in the database by the DBMS they are usually recorded either in the definition statements that created the tables and constraints, or the database catalog.

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