By Michael Fischer

ISBN-10: 0415018188

ISBN-13: 9780415018180

As expanding numbers of social anthropologists use a working laptop or computer for wordprocessing, curiosity in different functions unavoidably follows, computing device functions in Social Anthropology covers study actions shared via all social anthropologists and introduces new equipment for organizing and examining info. Lucidly written, and sympathetic to the actual wishes of social anthropologists, it will likely be of big worth to researchers and pros in anthropology, improvement experiences and sociology

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This worked well for the anthropologist because he knew each person and all the village lineages and source villages, and it was perfectly obvious which was which. For the computer program to make this same inference requires all this knowledge to be represented in the program. An alternative is to have another data item which distinguishes the two, but this also creates complexity in the program and in the interpretation of the reports generated by the program. Different types of information should occupy different structural positions.

3). 1). In a relational database the concept of record is maintained not necessarily in terms of contiguously stored, discrete fields; rather it can be constructed in terms of a set (one or more) of subrecords whose data fields can be related to construct the conceptual data record (or relation). Risking over-simplification, a relational database can be seen as one or more (usually more) fixed format tables which can be combined to define complex records. You can, of course, refer to the records of a single table as records.

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