9. Third Normal Form
For a database to be in third normal form, the following rules have to be met
- It is already in 2NF
- There are no non-key attributes that depend on another non-key attribute
What this is trying to do is to spot yet another source of redundant data. If the value of an attribute can be obtained by simply making use of another attribute in the table, then it does not need to be there. Loading that attribute into another table and linking to it will make the database smaller.
To clarify, consider the table below
|Carnegie Hall||Girls Aloud||7/11/08||76090||53789||New York||USA|
Notice that the country could be obtained by referring to the City - if the concert was in London then you know it is also in the UK - no need to look at the primary key!
So to make this database into third normal form, split the table as follows
|Carnegie Hall||Girls Aloud||7/11/08||76090||53789||New York|
The new table called CITIES has City as the primary key and country as an attribute. The Concert table has City as a foreign key. So now you can obtain the country in which any particular concert took place and there is no redundant data.
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