A database can be roughly defined as a structure consisting of
- 1. A collection of information (the data),
- 2. A collection of queries that can be submitted, and
- 3. A collection of algorithms by which the structure responds to queries, searches the data, and returns the results.
Petkovsek, M.; Wilf, H. S.; and Zeilberger, D. A=B. Wellesley, MA: A. K. Peters, p. 48, 1996.
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