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Tapping into Unstructured Data: Integrating Unstructured Data and Textual Analytics into Business Intelligence by William H. Inmon, Anthony Nesavich

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Chapter 1. Unstructured Textual Data in the Organization

Most organizations have two kinds of data: structured data and unstructured textual data. Because structured data preceded unstructured data in the workplace, unstructured data is often best understood in contrast to structured data. Structured data is data that is represented by numbers, tables, rows, columns, attributes, and so forth. Most IT professionals have spent the better part of their professional lives with structured data. As its name implies, structured data is usually disciplined, well behaved, predictable, and repeatable.

Structured data usually is generated as by-products of doing a transaction. A check is cashed, an ATM activity is done, an insurance claim is made, a production ...

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