When developing the schema of a relational database, one of the most important aspect to be taken into account is to ensure that the duplication is minimized. This is done for 2 purposes:
- Reducing the amount of storage needed to store the data.
- Avoiding unnecessary data conflicts that may creep in because of multiple copies of the same data getting stored.
Normalization in DBMS
Database Normalization is a technique that helps in designing the schema of the database in an optimal manner so as to ensure the above points. The core idea of database normalization is to divide the tables into smaller subtables and store pointers to data rather than replicating it. For a better understanding of what we just said, here is a simple example: