CAM: A Conceptual Modeling Framework based on the Analysis of Entity Classes and Association Types

CAM: A Conceptual Modeling Framework based on the Analysis of Entity Classes and Association Types

Sofia J. Athenikos (College of Information Science and Technology, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA) and Il-Yeol Song (College of Information Science and Technology, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA)
Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 30
DOI: 10.4018/JDM.2013100103
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Abstract

The problem of identifying relevant classes (entities) and associations (relationships) is a fundamental problem for conceptual modeling. In a previous work the authors introduced a conceptual modeling methodology named OMP (Ontology-based Modeling Patterns), which is based on the analysis of class categories representing entity types that are organized in the form of ontology. Since then the authors have explored a way to improve the methodology. As a result, in this paper the authors introduce a new conceptual modeling framework, entitled CAM (Class/Association-analysis-based Modeling), which is based on the analysis and classification of association types as well as entity types. The main objective of CAM is to serve as a tool to facilitate teaching the fundamentals of conceptual modeling to students in a systematic way, by providing extensible and adaptable entity/association classificatory systems that can be directly used in the problem-solving process. In this paper the authors present the CAM framework and illustrate its application.
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Cam (Class/Association-Analysis-Based Modeling)

Here we describe the framework of Class/Association-analysis-based Modeling (CAM). (While the framework is intended to be generalizable across domains to a certain extent, its current content is geared towards the business domain, with a focus on the direct sales transactional aspect.) The CAM framework is based on three main components: (i) analysis/classification of entity types, (ii) analysis/classification of association types, and (iii) construction/classification of modeling patterns based on (i) and (ii). Below we describe each component in turn.

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