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Extended Operators in Relational Algebra
• Difficulty Level : Easy
• Last Updated : 12 Feb, 2018

Basic idea about  relational model and basic operators in Relational Algebra:

Relational Model

Basic Operators in Relational Algebra

Extended operators are those operators which can be derived from basic operators.There are mainly three types of extended operators in Relational Algebra:

• Join
• Intersection
• Divide

The relations used to understand extended operators are STUDENT, STUDENT_SPORTS, ALL_SPORTS and EMPLOYEE which are shown in Table 1, Table 2, Table 3 and Table 4 respectively.

STUDENT

 ROLL_NO NAME ADDRESS PHONE AGE 1 RAM DELHI 9455123451 18 2 RAMESH GURGAON 9652431543 18 3 SUJIT ROHTAK 9156253131 20 4 SURESH DELHI 9156768971 18

Table 1

STUDENT_SPORTS

 ROLL_NO SPORTS 1 Badminton 2 Cricket 2 Badminton 4 Badminton

Table 2

ALL_SPORTS

 SPORTS Badminton Cricket

Table 3

EMPLOYEE

 EMP_NO NAME ADDRESS PHONE AGE 1 RAM DELHI 9455123451 18 5 NARESH HISAR 9782918192 22 6 SWETA RANCHI 9852617621 21 4 SURESH DELHI 9156768971 18

Table 4

Intersection (∩): Intersection on two relations R1 and R2 can only be computed if R1 and R2 are union compatible (These two relation should have same number of attributes and corresponding attributes in two relations have same domain). Intersection operator when applied on two relations as R1R2 will give a relation with tuples which are in R1 as well as R2. Syntax:

` Relation1 ∩ Relation2`
`Example: Find a person who is student as well as employee-  STUDENT ∩ EMPLOYEE  `

In terms of basic operators (union and minus) :

`STUDENT ∩ EMPLOYEE = STUDENT + EMPLOYEE - (STUDENT U EMPLOYEE) `

RESULT:

 ROLL_NO NAME ADDRESS PHONE AGE 1 RAM DELHI 9455123451 18 4 SURESH DELHI 9156768971 18

Conditional Join(⋈c): Conditional Join is used when you want to join two or more relation based on some conditions. Example: Select students whose ROLL_NO is greater than EMP_NO of employees

`STUDENT⋈c STUDENT.ROLL_NO>EMPLOYEE.EMP_NOEMPLOYEE`

In terms of basic operators (cross product and selection) :

`σ (STUDENT.ROLL_NO>EMPLOYEE.EMP_NO)(STUDENT×EMPLOYEE)`

RESULT:

 ROLL_NO NAME ADDRESS PHONE AGE EMP_NO NAME ADDRESS PHONE AGE 2 RAMESH GURGAON 9652431543 18 1 RAM DELHI 9455123451 18 3 SUJIT ROHTAK 9156253131 20 1 RAM DELHI 9455123451 18 4 SURESH DELHI 9156768971 18 1 RAM DELHI 9455123451 18

Equijoin(⋈): Equijoin is a special case of conditional join where only equality condition holds between a pair of attributes. As values of two attributes will be equal in result of equijoin, only one attribute will be appeared in result.

Example:Select students whose ROLL_NO is equal to EMP_NO of employees

`STUDENT⋈STUDENT.ROLL_NO=EMPLOYEE.EMP_NOEMPLOYEE`

In terms of basic operators (cross product, selection and projection) :

`∏(STUDENT.ROLL_NO, STUDENT.NAME, STUDENT.ADDRESS, STUDENT.PHONE, STUDENT.AGE EMPLOYEE.NAME, EMPLOYEE.ADDRESS, EMPLOYEE.PHONE, EMPLOYEE>AGE)(σ (STUDENT.ROLL_NO=EMPLOYEE.EMP_NO) (STUDENT×EMPLOYEE))`

RESULT:

 ROLL_NO NAME ADDRESS PHONE AGE NAME ADDRESS PHONE AGE 1 RAM DELHI 9455123451 18 RAM DELHI 9455123451 18 4 SURESH DELHI 9156768971 18 SURESH DELHI 9156768971 18

Natural Join(⋈): It is a special case of equijoin in which equality condition hold on all attributes which have same name in relations R and S (relations on which join operation is applied). While applying natural join on two relations, there is no need to write equality condition explicitly. Natural Join will also return the similar attributes only once as their value will be same in resulting relation.

Example: Select students whose ROLL_NO is equal to ROLL_NO of STUDENT_SPORTS as:

`STUDENT⋈STUDENT_SPORTS`

In terms of basic operators (cross product, selection and projection) :

`∏(STUDENT.ROLL_NO, STUDENT.NAME, STUDENT.ADDRESS, STUDENT.PHONE, STUDENT.AGE STUDENT_SPORTS.SPORTS)(σ (STUDENT.ROLL_NO=STUDENT_SPORTS.ROLL_NO) (STUDENT×STUDENT_SPORTS))`

RESULT:

 ROLL_NO NAME ADDRESS PHONE AGE SPORTS 1 RAM DELHI 9455123451 18 Badminton 2 RAMESH GURGAON 9652431543 18 Cricket 2 RAMESH GURGAON 9652431543 18 Badminton 4 SURESH DELHI 9156768971 18 Badminton

Natural Join is by default inner join because the tuples which does not satisfy the conditions of join does not appear in result set. e.g.; The tuple having ROLL_NO 3 in STUDENT does not match with any tuple in STUDENT_SPORTS, so it has not been a part of result set.

Left Outer Join(⟕): When applying join on two relations R and S, some tuples of R or S does not appear in result set which does not satisfy the join conditions. But Left Outer Joins gives all tuples of R in the result set. The tuples of R which do not satisfy join condition will have values as NULL for attributes of S.

Example:Select students whose ROLL_NO is greater than EMP_NO of employees and details of other students as well

`STUDENT⟕STUDENT.ROLL_NO>EMPLOYEE.EMP_NOEMPLOYEE`

RESULT

 ROLL_NO NAME ADDRESS PHONE AGE EMP_NO NAME ADDRESS PHONE AGE 2 RAMESH GURGAON 9652431543 18 1 RAM DELHI 9455123451 18 3 SUJIT ROHTAK 9156253131 20 1 RAM DELHI 9455123451 18 4 SURESH DELHI 9156768971 18 1 RAM DELHI 9455123451 18 1 RAM DELHI 9455123451 18 NULL NULL NULL NULL NULL

Right Outer Join(⟖): When applying join on two relations R and S, some tuples of R or S does not appear in result set which does not satisfy the join conditions. But Right Outer Joins gives all tuples of S in the result set. The tuples of S which do not satisfy join condition will have values as NULL for attributes of R.

Example: Select students whose ROLL_NO is greater than EMP_NO of employees and details of other Employees as well

`STUDENT⟖STUDENT.ROLL_NO>EMPLOYEE.EMP_NOEMPLOYEE`

RESULT:

 ROLL_NO NAME ADDRESS PHONE AGE EMP_NO NAME ADDRESS PHONE AGE 2 RAMESH GURGAON 9652431543 18 1 RAM DELHI 9455123451 18 3 SUJIT ROHTAK 9156253131 20 1 RAM DELHI 9455123451 18 4 SURESH DELHI 9156768971 18 1 RAM DELHI 9455123451 18 NULL NULL NULL NULL NULL 5 NARESH HISAR 9782918192 22 NULL NULL NULL NULL NULL 6 SWETA RANCHI 9852617621 21 NULL NULL NULL NULL NULL 4 SURESH DELHI 9156768971 18

Full Outer Join(⟗): When applying join on two relations R and S, some tuples of R or S does not appear in result set which does not satisfy the join conditions. But Full Outer Joins gives all tuples of S and all tuples of R in the result set. The tuples of S which do not satisfy join condition will have values as NULL for attributes of R and vice versa.

Example:Select students whose ROLL_NO is greater than EMP_NO of employees and details of other Employees as well and other Students as well

`STUDENT⟗STUDENT.ROLL_NO>EMPLOYEE.EMP_NOEMPLOYEE`

RESULT:

 ROLL_NO NAME ADDRESS PHONE AGE EMP_NO NAME ADDRESS PHONE AGE 2 RAMESH GURGAON 9652431543 18 1 RAM DELHI 9455123451 18 3 SUJIT ROHTAK 9156253131 20 1 RAM DELHI 9455123451 18 4 SURESH DELHI 9156768971 18 1 RAM DELHI 9455123451 18 NULL NULL NULL NULL NULL 5 NARESH HISAR 9782918192 22 NULL NULL NULL NULL NULL 6 SWETA RANCHI 9852617621 21 NULL NULL NULL NULL NULL 4 SURESH DELHI 9156768971 18 1 RAM DELHI 9455123451 18 NULL NULL NULL NULL NULL

Division Operator (÷): Division operator A÷B can be applied if and only if:

• Attributes of B is proper subset of Attributes of A.
• The relation returned by division operator will have attributes = (All attributes of A – All Attributes of B)
• The relation returned by division operator will return those tuples from relation A which are associated to every B’s tuple.

Consider the relation STUDENT_SPORTS and ALL_SPORTS given in Table 2 and Table 3 above.

To apply division operator as

`  STUDENT_SPORTS÷ ALL_SPORTS`
• The operation is valid as attributes in ALL_SPORTS is a proper subset of attributes in STUDENT_SPORTS.
• The attributes in resulting relation will have attributes {ROLL_NO,SPORTS}-{SPORTS}=ROLL_NO
• The tuples in resulting relation will have those ROLL_NO which are associated with all B’s tuple {Badminton, Cricket}. ROLL_NO 1 and 4 are associated to Badminton only. ROLL_NO 2 is associated to all tuples of B. So the resulting relation will be:
 ROLL_NO 2

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