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Turning Text into Gold: Taxonomies and Textual Analytics by Bill Inmon

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7: Taxonomies as Databases

Taxonomies are used to organize text in order to create a database. But taxonomies are also themselves databases. The steps to bringing a vendor’s taxonomy into the organization are:

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  1. As previously discussed, the first step the organization takes is to select which taxonomies will be needed. The taxonomy vendor will have many more taxonomies than will be needed (or even be useful) to the organization. If a taxonomy has business relevance then it is selected.
  2. After the relevant taxonomies are selected from a vendor, they must be transformed into a format that is useful for textual disambiguation processing. If the ...

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