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Business Intelligence Dictionary: Table Field and Table Tuple | NSBI

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We are now diving into the Database building blocks - fields and tuples. 

Table Field | Definition

A table field represents a characteristic of the subject to which it belongs to. Commonly table fields are simply referred to as "columns". The relational database theory also assigns some special kinds of fields such as indexes, keys (primary keys, foreign keys, surrogate keys), dimensions and facts, etc. 

Table Field | Example

Let's consider the following database example. We are inputting employee information into an operational database. We create a table "Employee" - this is the subject of the table. Each employee has a "Name" - this is a table field that is normally visualized as a separate column in a database table.

Table Tuple | Definition

NSBI Dictionary defines a table tuple as an ordered set of field values that represent a single unique instance of the subject. Commonly table tuples are simply referred to as "rows".

Table Tuple | Example

Let's continue the table field example. Each employee not only has a "Name" but also a "Position" in the organization. The set of "Name" and "Position" is now forming a table tuple that is simply a row inside a table.

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