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JSW 2014 Vol.9(4): 1036-1044 ISSN: 1796-217X
doi: 10.4304/jsw.9.4.1036-1044

Functional Dependency based on XML Node Sets

Husheng Liao, Jia Wu, Jia Liu
Beijing University of Technology, Beijing, China

Abstract—As an essential basis of relational database theory, integrity constraints such as functional dependency provide a basis for well-designed databases. Integrity constraints are also useful for the normalization of the XML schema design in the expensive applications of XML data. As a semistructure feature, XML data are usually located by a path expression and multiple data items may be represented by the same path. Thus, functional dependencies for XML should be constraints between sets of XML data items if the path expression is used. These constraints also result in data redundancy. Same as functional dependency, this kind of data redundancy for XML can lead to update anomalies too. This paper proposes a kind of XML integrity constraint to describe the dependent relationship between different sets of XML data items, and defines a general functional dependency based on XML node sets. Moreover, this paper proposes a group of inference rules for the implication problem of the XML functional dependency, and proves that they are sound and complete.

Index Terms—Integrity constraints, XML, Functional dependencies, Database semantics


Cite: Husheng Liao, Jia Wu, Jia Liu, "Functional Dependency based on XML Node Sets," Journal of Software vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 1036-1044, 2014.

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ISSN: 1796-217X (Online)
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Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Antanas Verikas
Executive Editor: Ms. Yoyo Y. Zhou
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