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On search in an incomplete database
Linde L., Waern Y. International Journal of Man-Machine Studies22 (5):563-579,1985.Type:Article
Date Reviewed: Mar 1 1986

This paper clearly presents preliminary research results on how people interact with an incomplete database. An incomplete database is one in which the answer to a question cannot be located directly (in a single query to the database). Examples of such searching include making a medical diagnosis or solving a crime. The study described in this paper is actually on how to solve problems with the aid of a database management system. Since the task is more problem solving than database related, more references could have been made to the problem solving literature.

Since this study was limited in scope, its primary contribution is in introducing an important topic. The symbiotic relationship between a person and a computer (in the form of a DBMS) is certainly one which deserves attention. In particular, questions about the distribution of intelligence in such a system come to mind.

Reviewer:  A. L. Tharp Review #: CR110101
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