15.00 - 15.10 - Normal Forms - Teradata Database

Teradata Database Introduction to Teradata

Product
Teradata Database
Release Number
15.00
15.10
Content Type
User Guide
Publication ID
B035-1091-151K
Language
English (United States)
Last Update
2018-09-25

Normalization theory is constructed around the concept of normal forms that define a system of constraints. If a relation meets the constraints of a particular normal form, we say that relation is in normal form.

By definition, a relational database is always normalized to first normal form, because the column values are always atomic. That is, a column can contain one and only one value or null.

But to simply leave it at that invites a number of problems including redundancy and potential update anomalies. The higher normal forms were developed to correct those problems.