Many-to-many relationships is a second sign of complex data. When x relates to many y's and y relates to many x's, it is a many-to-many relationship. In our example schema, a color swatch can relate to many types of sweaters and a type of sweater can have many color swatches.
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- Lack of Unique Identification
- Access Using Traversals
- Frequent Use of Type Codes
- XML File for the Complex Data Example
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