An FCA Interpretation of Relation Algebra

  • Uta Priss
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3874)


This paper discusses an interpretation of relation algebra and fork algebra with respect to FCA contexts. In this case, “relation algebra” refers to the DeMorgan-Peirce-Schroeder-Tarski algebra and not to the “relational algebra” as described by Codd. The goal of this interpretation is to provide an algebraic formalisation of object-relational databases that is based on binary relations and thus closer to FCA and formal contexts than the traditional formalisation based on Codd. The formalisation provides insights into certain symmetries (among quantifiers) and the use of ternary relations and part-whole relations for building relational databases.


Binary Relation Relational Database Transitive Closure Relational Schema Relation Algebra 
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  • Uta Priss
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  1. 1.School of ComputingNapier UniversityEdinburghUK

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