Q: I have a client that uses snowflake schemas to model his data marts. I would like to show him that star schemas have better performance to queries than snowflake schemas. Please compare the two schemas.
I do not think that you can conclusively say that snowflakes are faster the stars. I believe that when there are less joins, the performance is generally faster, hence I would say that stars are faster than snowflakes. In determining whether snowflakes are better than stars, I would look at my user community tool. For example, MicroStrategy must have a snowflake in order to be used successfully. Other tools will work better with stars. So to be fair to your client, in my opinion, I would suggest that you match the design to the tool.
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