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Explicitly describe the cardinality of a relationship or an event.
Software engineers care about measurements, both measurements captured by software solutions and measurements of the solutions themselves. As a consequence, software solution designs need to include information about instance populations, including constraints, limits, thresholds, order, storage sizing, etc. So, the description of relationships between instances must consider their cardinality: how many instances of each type participate in a relationship? Definite articles, indefinite articles, and indefinite pronouns offer hints about cardinality. However, where practical, explicit cardinality should be sought for problem descriptions and usage requirements.
Use a limiting adjective when
Limiting adjectives supply (or indicate the need for) quantitative information about subjects and objects, including number, order, degree, etc. Their presence indicates quantitative areas of a conceptual model that should be explored and specified more concretely during object-oriented analysis. Specific numbers that characterize the bounds on relationships should be obtained from domain experts, solution users, business managers, and governors. For example, are the relationships:
some other interval?
The following table provides a schema for the kinds of limiting adjectives frequently found in human discourse and the questions that elicit them.
You can use a clause summary when a limiting adjective appears in statement about an activity or a relationship. You can use a condition description when a limiting adjective appears in a condition.