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Data organization

MINC attempts to provide some level of data organization through a hierarchy of group variables. As mentioned above, attributes are grouped according to type in group variables. Each group variable can have an MIparent and an MIchildren attribute -- the former specifying the name of another variable that is above this one in the hierarchy, the latter specifying a newline-separated list of variables that come below this one in the hierarchy. At the root of the hierarchy is the MIrootvariable variable, with no parent. Although it is not necessary to make use of this structure, it can provide a mechanism for ordering large amounts of information.

Robert VINCENT 2004-05-28