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Data Quality Rules: Rules for State Dependent Object
October 2008
Arkady Maydanchik

The objects that go through a sequence of states in the course of their life cycle as a result of various events are referred to as state-dependent objects. For instance, the life cycle of a job application is a progression from its submission, through pre-screening, to applicant interviews, to possible job offers, and up to an eventual hiring or rejection decision. Employees, insurance claims, and product orders are all examples of state-dependent objects.

State-dependent objects are usually the most important database citizens, and their data are most error-prone. Analyzing quality of the data for state-dependent objects requires a specific set of techniques.