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Data and Reality: A Timeless Perspective on Perceiving and Managing Information in Our Imprecise World, 3rd Edition by William Kent

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Chapter 3. Naming

About half the time we spend modeling is spent eliciting requirements to build, replace, or enhance applications for the business. Most of this time is spent trying to represent our ambiguous world with precise descriptions. As you read Kent's words in this chapter, you can appreciate how much effort such an activity requires.

Naming

How Many Ways?

The purpose of an information system is to permit users to enter and extract information—about entities. Most transactions between user and system require some means of designating the particular entity of interest. In order to design or evaluate the naming facilities of an information system, ...

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