Difference Between Generalization and Specialization

Shailendra Chauhan  Print   1 min read  
21 Oct 2013
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The process of extracting common characteristics from two or more classes and combining them into a generalized superclass, is called Generalization. The common characteristics can be attributes or methods. Generalization is represented by a triangle followed by a line.

Specialization is the reverse process of Generalization means creating new sub classes from an existing class.

Let’s take an example of Bank Account; A Bank Account is of two types – Current Account and Saving Account. Current Account and Saving Account inherits the common/ generalized properties like Account Number, Account Balance etc. from a Bank Account and also have their own specialized properties like interest rate etc.

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