longest name part

Peter Rauch anamaria at GRINNELL.BERKELEY.EDU
Fri Apr 26 14:52:40 CDT 1996

"...0 characters..." Not.

Fewer bytes of storage --perhaps. But, not guaranteed. It depends on
how the pointers from the one table to the other are represented, and
on the freq. distribution of lengths of the taxon. names who wins that
space game.

There are other good reasons to use relational tables, but space-saving may
not be the best one.

> Date:         Fri, 26 Apr 1996 17:15:26 EDT
> From: Robin Panza <panzar at CLPGH.ORG>
> One way to save space is to put the higher order (above genus) information in a
> relational file, not in the primary file.  I assume your example, with its
> -aceae ending, is a plant family.  This, and other taxonomic info, would take
> up 0 characters in the primary file, allowing a bit less scrimping on the genus
> and species fields in the primary file.

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