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An original transaction is an insert, update or delete, whose target is an asserted version bi-temporal table. It is the transaction as written by its author and as submitted by the database administrator (DBA) to the database management system (DBMS). A temporal transaction is a physical transaction against an asserted version table. These physical transactions are either physical updates (updates in place) or physical inserts; there are no temporal transactions that are physical deletes.