Entity identifier key attributes, Database Management System

An entity type usually has an attribute whose values are distinct for every individual entity in the collection. Such an attribute is known as a key attribute and its values can be used to recognize each entity uniquely.

Strong entity set: The entity types having a key attribute are known as strong entity types or regular entity types.

  • EXAMPLE: The Student entity has a key attribute RollNo which uniquely recognized it, hence is a strong entity.


Let us first answer the question:

What is an attribute?

An attribute is a property used to define the specific feature of the entity. So to define an entity entirely, a set of attributes is used.

For example, a student entity may be defined by the student's name, address, age, course, etc.

An entity will have a value for every of its attributes. For example for a specific student the following values can be assigned:

RollNo: 1234

Name: Supriya

Age: 18

Address: B-4, Mayapuri, Delhi. Course: B.Sc. (H)

Posted Date: 3/6/2013 6:01:17 AM | Location : United States

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