Representing part-whole relations in conceptual modelling: An empirical evaluation

Shanks, Graeme, Tansley, Elizabeth, Nuredini, Jamina, Tobin, Daniel and Weber, Ron (2008) Representing part-whole relations in conceptual modelling: An empirical evaluation. MIS Quarterly, 32 3: 553-573.

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Author Shanks, Graeme
Tansley, Elizabeth
Nuredini, Jamina
Tobin, Daniel
Weber, Ron
Title Representing part-whole relations in conceptual modelling: An empirical evaluation
Journal name MIS Quarterly   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0276-7783
Publication date 2008-01-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 32
Issue 3
Start page 553
End page 573
Total pages 21
Place of publication Minneapolis, MN United States
Publisher M I S Research Center
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The part-of construct is a fundamental element of many conceptual modeling grammars that is used to associate one thing (a component) with another thing (a composite). Sub-stantive theoretical issues surrounding the part-of construct remain to be resolved, however. For instance, contrary to widespread claims, some researchers now argue the relationship between components and composites is not always transitive. Moreover, how the part-of construct should be represented in a conceptual schema diagram remains a contentious issue. Some analysts argue composites should be represented as a relationship or association. Others argue they should be represented as an entity. In this paper we use an ontological theory to support our arguments that composites should be represented as entities and not relationships or associations. We also describe an experiment that we undertook to test whether representing composites as relationships or entities enables users to understand a domain better. Our results support our arguments that using entities to represent composites enables users to better understand a domain.
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Conceptual modeling
Information systems development
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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