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The Discipline of Organizing: Core Concepts Edition, 3rd Edition by Robert J. Glushko

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3.6. Key Points in Chapter Three

What is the relationship between a resource and a category?

We can consider a resource to be one of many members of a very broad category, as the unique instance of a category with only one member, or anywhere in between.

(See §3.1.1, “What Is a Resource?”)

What factors affect the size of a category?

The size of the categorythe number of resources that are treated as equivalentis determined by the properties or characteristics we consider when we examine the resource.

(See §3.1.1, “What Is a Resource?”)

What are active resources?

Active resources create effects or value on their own, sometimes when they initiate interactions with passive resources. Active resources can be people, other living resources, computational agents, active information sources, web-based services, self-driving cars, robots, appliances, machines or otherwise ordinary objects like light bulbs, umbrellas, and shoes that have been made “smarter.”

(See §3.2.3.2, “Active or Operant Resources”)

What is the recall/precision tradeoff?

More fine-grained organization reduces recall, the number of resources you find or retrieve in response to a query, but increases the precision of the recalled set, the proportion of recalled items that are relevant.

(See

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