Data Modeling




Data Warehousing > Concepts > Data Modeling - Conceptual, Logical, And Physical Data Models

The three levels of data modeling, conceptual data model, logical data model, and physical data model, were discussed in prior sections. Here we compare these three types of data models. The table below compares the different features:

FeatureConceptualLogicalPhysical
Entity Names
 
Entity Relationships
 
Attributes  
 
Primary Keys  
Foreign Keys  
Table Names    
Column Names    
Column Data Types    

Below we show the conceptual, logical, and physical versions of a single data model.

Conceptual Model Design



Conceptual Model Design

Logical Model Design



Logical Model Design

Physical Model Design



Physical Model Design

We can see that the complexity increases from conceptual to logical to physical. This is why we always first start with the conceptual data model (so we understand at high level what are the different entities in our data and how they relate to one another), then move on to the logical data model (so we understand the details of our data without worrying about how they will actually implemented), and finally the physical data model (so we know exactly how to implement our data model in the database of choice). In a data warehousing project, sometimes the conceptual data model and the logical data model are considered as a single deliverable.

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