Advanced Database Management System - Tutorials and Notes: Result produced by a set operation in relational algebra

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## Result of a set operation in relational algebra

#### Question:

4. Which of the following binary operations will ALWAYS produce equal number of records as in R or more number of records than in R?

(a) R U S
(b) R / S
(c) R - S
(d) R ∩ S

(a) R U S

R U S will always produce equal or more number of records as in R. If S does not contain a record, then result will contain equal number of records to R. If S contains some records then the result will contain R+S number of records

All the other operations will produce equal or less number of records as that of R. For example, R/S will produce equal number of records if S has only one record.
R - S will produce equal number of records to R if no records are common between R and S.
R ∩ S will produce equal number of records if both R and S same records/similar records.