Donald B. Macnaughton
In an e-mail message to me on May 12, 1996 (which he has kindly permitted me to quote), Bert Gunter (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
The intuitive nature of the entity-property-relationship approach can draw attention away from its novelty and practicality. These can be seen, however, by considering a brief argument:
Most readers will agree that IF the antecedent propositions (1, 2, 4, and 5) of the above argument are true, then the conclusions (propositions 3 and 6) will also be true. But some readers may question the truth of the antecedent propositions, especially 1, 2, and 5. I invite these readers to propose counterexamples to this newsgroup that appear to refute those propositions.
I maintain that (while there are some questionable cases) if one considers a large number of individual cases (of empirical research projects, statistical procedures, and approaches to introductory statistics), one finds that propositions 1, 2, and 5 are well supported.
I believe that the main benefit of the entity-property-relationship approach is that it makes the vital role of the field of statistics in empirical research substantially easier for students to understand. The approach is described further in material at