The Algebra of Data: A Foundation for the Data Economy

The Algebra of Data: A Foundation for the Data Economy

by Gary Sherman, Robin Bloor


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There has never been a universal algebra of data. Mathematics has been widely employed by software in many ways: numerical analysis, statistics, algorithms, mathematical modeling, and so on, but it has never been used to formally define data in all its variety.

This changed when mathematical research into data algebra—carried out for Algebraix Data Corporation by one of the authors of this book—matured and was tested in an extensive range of data management, data integration, and performance optimization contexts. The purpose of this book is to explain that data algebra.

The book is undeniably and unashamedly a mathematics text. However, realizing that the readership would likely include many software developers and users as well as mathematicians, the book is written to be as accessible as possible to anyone with some mathematical skills. As such, this is not your grandfather’s mathematics text. Between the various set theory assertions, expressions, and equations flows a narrative that is both surprising and entertaining.

The subtitle of the book, A Foundation for the Data Economy, is not hyperbole. The mathematical definition of data, and the various set theoretical operations and functions that can be applied to it, provide a new approach to data. It will, in time, become the natural foundation for the emerging data economy that is already growing swiftly.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780978979164
Publisher: The Bloor Group
Publication date: 08/09/2015
Pages: 206
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

Gary Sherman's long history of studying (PhD - Indiana University, 1971), teaching (Professor Emeritus, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 1971-2006) and doing mathematics (29 refereed publications and Principal Mathematician, Algebraix Data Corporation, 2008-2014) is distinguished by, well, a lack of jail-time.

Robin Bloor, once a software developer, has spent most of his professional life as a technology analyst and IT consultant. He is also a frequent blogger and published author. He has a degree in Mathematics from Nottingham University (UK), a PhD in Computer Science from Wolverhampton University (UK) and, like Professor Sherman, a surprising inexperience of the jailhouse.

Table of Contents

1. What Is?
2: In Search of a Data Algebra
3: Cantor, Zermelo and Fraenkel
4: Descartes' Legacy
5. The Lion Sleeps Tonight
6. Yin and Yang
7. The Gathering of the Clans
8. Joinery
9. The Power of Mathematics

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