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Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

First Committee Member

Thomas Nartker

Number of Pages



The object-oriented paradigm models local behavior, and to a lesser extent, the structure of a problem. Semantic data models describe structure and semantics. This thesis unifies the behavioral focus of the object-oriented paradigm with the structural and semantic focus of semantic data models. The approach contains expressive abstractions to model static and derived data, semantics, and behavior. The abstractions keep the data model closer to the problem domain, and can be translated into a relational (or other) implementation. The paper makes six contributions. First, a comprehensive set of data structuring abstractions are described. Second, the abstractions are compared to the entity-relationship and relational models. Third, semantic information inherent in the functional representation of the abstractions is identified. Fourth, a set of behavioral abstractions are described. Fifth, an algorithm that describes the dynamics between mathematically derived attributes of cooperating objects is presented. Sixth, weaknesses of object-oriented programming languages are identified.


Data; Modeling; Objects; Oriented

Controlled Subject

Computer science

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4.18 MB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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