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Preventing Litigation by William Inmon, Nelson Brestoff

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Chapter 11

Textual Disambiguation—Integrating Text into a Database

When looking for the early warning signs of a lawsuit, an analyst soon discovers that there are many documents (and many types of documents) to read and analyze. It is tempting to suggest that one or more persons should just sit down and read the documents that are likely to contain early warning information. However, anyone attempting to implement this suggestion would quickly discover that the process of manually reading and analyzing documents has its own severe drawbacks. Figure 11.1 shows the manual processing of documents.

The two impediments to manually processing documents are the time that it takes to read the documents and the limited capacity of a human brain to remember ...

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