Accession Number : ADA186097

Title :   Descriptive Statistics Using the Veterans Administration File Manager as a Relational Database Management System.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s) : Hodgins, Dallas R

PDF Url : ADA186097

Report Date : 16 Mar 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 26

Abstract : The way data are stored in a computerized database determines ease of access and use. Using the Veterans Administration File Manager (FM) as a database management system allows the user to view the data as rows of records whose fields are the columns of a matrix. This rectangular structure is a relational database. A simple four-variable database is developed while guiding the reader through the process of organizing the data using FM. The structure created is shown to have relational database properties so that the statistical routines that are implemented are seen to be logically related to the database. The technique illustrated support the view that using linear algebraic concepts enable to programmer to realize maximum efficiency in exploiting both the MUMPS language and the data being manipulated. Moreover, the end user, however unsophisticated, is able to form a clear picture of data and can easily extract statistical information, create reports, and archive information that is meaningful and accessible.

Descriptors :   *DATA MANAGEMENT, *STATISTICAL ANALYSIS, ARCHIVES, COMPUTER APPLICATIONS, DATA BASES, EFFICIENCY, RECORDS, STATISTICS, USER NEEDS, NAVAL SHORE FACILITIES, NAVAL PERSONNEL, OCCUPATIONAL DISEASES, HEALTH, SAFETY, MONITORING, COMPUTER PROGRAMS

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE