Table 1

Some illustrative, fictitious, personally-identified records

Record Number

Name

Sex

Street address

Locality

Age in years


0

Gwen Palfree

F

Flat 17 23–25 Knitting Street

West Wishbone 2987 New South Wales

42

1

Angie Tantivitiyapitak

F

Wat Paknam Saint George Ave

Old Putney NSW 2345

27

2

Gwendolynne Palfrey

2

17/23 Knitting St

Wishbone West NSW 2987

42

3

Tontiveetiyapitak, Angela

Female

C/- Paknam Monastery, 245 St George St

Putney 2345

28

4

Palfrey, Lyn

1

Corner of Knitting and Cro

chet Streets, Wishbone New Sth Wales

43


Note: The "bleeding" of street address data into the locality column in record 4 is deliberate, and typical of real-life data captured by information systems with fixed-length data fields.

Churches et al. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2002 2:9   doi:10.1186/1472-6947-2-9

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