JUCS - Journal of Universal Computer Science 16(20): 2986-3015, doi: 10.3217/jucs-016-20-2986
A Geometrically Enhanced Conceptual Model and Query Language
expand article infoHui Ma
‡ Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
Open Access
Motivated by our experiences with spatial modelling for the sustainable land use initiative we present a geometrically enhanced ER model (GERM), which preserves the key principles of entity-relationship modelling and at the same time introduces bulk constructors and geometric features. The model distinguishes between a syntactic level of types and an explicit internal level, in which types give rise to polyhedra that are defined by algebraic varieties. It further emphasises the stability of algebraic operations by means of a natural modelling algebra that extends the usual Boolean operations on point sets.
conceptual model, geometric model, spatial model, entity-relationship model, natural modelling algebra, query language