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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 2. The Environments of Structured Data and Unstructured Data

The essence of textual analytics for the world of unstructured data is the ability to analyze text in much the same way that numbers are analyzed by the classical Business Intelligence (BI) tools found in the structured data environment. To understand what the issues are for textual analytics—from an environmental perspective—there needs to be a firm understanding of the different environments—the unstructured data environment and the structured data environment.

The Structured Environment

The structured environment is one that has been the domain of the technician for years. From the first assembler programs and the COBOL programs of yesterday to the C++ and the vb.net programs ...

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