Chapter 4. A Statistical Metadata Model for Symbolic Objects

  1. Edwin Diday2 and
  2. Monique Noirhomme-Fraiture3
  1. Haralambos Papageorgiou and
  2. Maria Vardaki

Published Online: 28 JAN 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470723562.ch4

Symbolic Data Analysis and the SODAS Software

Symbolic Data Analysis and the SODAS Software

How to Cite

Papageorgiou, H. and Vardaki, M. (2007) A Statistical Metadata Model for Symbolic Objects, in Symbolic Data Analysis and the SODAS Software (eds E. Diday and M. Noirhomme-Fraiture), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470723562.ch4

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Université Paris IX-Dauphine, LISE-CEREMADE, Place du Marechal de Lattre de Tassigny, Paris Cedex 16, France F-75775

  2. 3

    Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix, Faculté d'Informatique, Rue Grandgagnage, 21, Namur, Belgium, B-5000

Author Information

  1. University of Athens, Department of Mathematics, Panepistemiopolis, Athens, Greece, EL-15784

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 JAN 2008
  2. Published Print: 18 JAN 2007

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470018835

Online ISBN: 9780470723562



  • statistical metadata model;
  • symbolic objects (SOs) and symbolic data tables (SDTs) creation;
  • symbolic data analysis methods implementation;
  • database management system (DBMS);
  • primary or secondary data analysis;
  • free-text sentences and free-text notes;
  • symbolic data analysis procedures;
  • ambiguity and missing metainformation problems;
  • full-text search engines and thesaurus-based engines;
  • symbolic data/symbolic variable


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Metadata, templates and statistical metadata models

  • General requirements for the development of the metadata model

  • Selection of modelling technique

  • Step-by-step development of the model

  • Metadata representation

  • Case study

  • Suggestions and conclusions

  • References