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Definition a representation of a complex system

Specialized Definitions:  Today, schema is commonly used to describe a model of a computer database. Schema is also used in psychology to describe a mental model used to interpret experiences.
  • It is a useful schema for discussing perception and understanding.
  • Her simplistic schema does not support a true understanding of the Middle East.
  • The schematic diagram makes it clear.
  • The software converts a database schema into an updatable database and/or draws a schema based on a database.
  • He pointed at the largest schematic on the bulletin board—the blueprint showing a Greek trireme.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • Lacey, in turn, is sorting items into piles based on an organizational schema only she understands.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • "So," Dr. Foster said, bringing up a schematic.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • He sensed its inner workings, and if the statue of Hygeia operated on a similar schematic, Leo might have a chance ....
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Everyone always follows the same old schema.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • The field agent was already consulting the employee reference schematic on the bulletin board.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Annabeth wished she could give a convincing answer, show Reyna a 3-D diagram or a brilliant schematic, but she couldn't.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • Dozens of people were sitting at circular tables, chatting over tea or huddled in quiet conversation around schematic drawings.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • "The teams will be almost impossible to track," he murmured, his face buried in a Labyrinth schematic.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • The little professor stands at the chalkboard drawing a wiring schematic for a simple Morse-code practice circuit.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • I mean, what if you looked at a schematic or something?
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • The fire seemed to live, go down, or die according to its own schemata.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • If you were to show an engine or a mechanical drawing or electronic schematic to a romantic it is unlikely he would see much of interest in it.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • A schematic circuit diagram would be a better tag.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • The image onscreen revealed a detailed floor plan of the Denon Wing, a structural schematic uploaded from the Louvre Security Office.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • This allusive art can be seen enriching a schematic account of the action as it moves forward from the quarrel.
    Homer  --  The Iliad

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