Debabrata Dey

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Although the relational model for databases provides a great range of advantages over other data models, it lacks a comprehensive way to handle incomplete and uncertain data. Uncertainty in data values, however, is pervasive in all real-world environments and has received much attention in the literature. Several methods have been proposed for incorporating(More)
Automated database design systems embody knowledge about the database design process. However, their lack of knowledge about the domains for which databases are being developed significantly limits their usefulness. A methodology for acquiring and using general world knowledge about business for database design has been developed and implemented in a system(More)
The need to consolidate the information contained in heterogeneous data sources has been widely documented in recent years. In order to accomplish this goal, an organization must resolve several types of heterogeneity problems, especially the entity heterogeneity problem that arises when the same real-world entity type is represented using different(More)
Although widely advocated as a tool for the conceptual modelling of data, the Entity-Relationship (E-R) model [4] and its extensions are generally lacking in constructs to model the dynamic nature of the real world, making them inadequate for designing temporal databases. This research first extends the E-R model to a Temporal Event-EntityRelationship Model(More)
One of the most important concerns for managing public health is the prevention of infectious diseases. Although vaccines provide the most effective means for preventing infectious diseases, there are two main reasons why it is often difficult to reach a socially optimal level of vaccine coverage: (i) the emergence of operational issues (such as yield(More)
Much of the work on conceptual modeling involves the use of an entity-relationship model in which binary relationships appear as associations between two entities. Relationships involving more than two entities are considered rare and, therefore, have not received adequate attention. This research provides a general framework for the analysis of(More)