Kinds of Classification Schemes
The following are examples of different kinds of classification schemes. This list is in approximate order from informal to more formal:
- thesaurus - a collection of categorized concepts, denoted by words or phrases, that are related to each other by narrower term, wider term and related term relations.
- taxonomy - a formal list of concepts, denoted by controlled words or phrases, arranged from abstract to specific, related by subtype-supertype relations or by superset-subset relations.
- data model - an arrangement of concepts (entity types), denoted by words or phrases, that have various kinds of relationships. Typically, but not necessarily, representing requirements and capabilities for a specific scope (application area).
- network (mathematics) - an arrangement of objects in a random graph.
- ontology - an arrangement of concepts that are related by various well defined kinds of relations. The arrangement can be visualized in a directed acyclic graph.
One example of a classification scheme for data elements is a representation term.
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