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

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8: Taxonomies and Data Models

There are two very different paths of processing which, at first glance, do not intersect. These are known as the text-based path and the transaction-based path.

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Both paths have the same starting point: activity in the real world. From there, in the text-based path, words (articles, contracts, emails, etc.) are written, and then processed into a text-based database.

We briefly discussed a transaction-based path earlier, in Chapter 1. This path is initiated when some online activity occurs. A check is cashed, a purchase is made, or a reservation is taken. Once the activity is completed, a record of the activity ...

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