"Fourth Paradigm" book by Microsoft Research presents top 20 questions in Database design

A part of "Fourth Paradigm" book by Microsoft Research, explains database design, and puts forth that the most important thing when you're designing large data sets is to find out the "Top Twenty Questions" the database has to answer. The quote is this: "Most selections involving human choices follow a 'long tail,' or so-called 1/f […]

A part of "Fourth Paradigm" book by Microsoft Research, explains database design, and puts forth that the most important thing when you're designing large data sets is to find out the "Top Twenty Questions" the database has to answer. The quote is this: "Most selections involving human choices follow a 'long tail,' or so-called 1/f distribution, it is clear that the relative information in the queries ranked by importance is logarithmic, so the gain realized by going from approximately 20 (24.5) to 100 (26.5) is quite modest," said Buck Woody.


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