The UR data model revisited

Yao-Chuan Tsai

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The universal relation (UR) model is an attempt to achieve a very simple user interface by allowing the formulation of queries with respect to a single, imaginary relation (i.e., universal relation) defined over all the attributes appearing in the various relations of a database, while producing answers from the actual relations of the database. Previous publications covering the universal relation model have been too technical to be easily understood, and have not offered a solution to the ambiguity problem for which the universal relation model has achieved much criticism. This paper provides an accessible introduction to the universal relation model, which helps to clarify the misunderstanding of the universal relation model. It also provides a confirmation approach to solve the ambiguity problem, facilitating successful application of the model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-71
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Journal of Information and Management Sciences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Dec 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Management Information Systems
  • Strategy and Management
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Information Systems and Management


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