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Re: [ontolog-forum] Use of SUMO and "patient" of a Process

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From: Adam Pease <adampease@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2003 11:04:04 -0700
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Mike,    (01)

At 01:58 PM 7/12/2003 -0400, MDaconta@xxxxxxx wrote:
>Hi All,
>Using SUMO as a basis for a domain-specific ontology has forced me
>to think about the domain-specific ontology in different ways than I would
>have if I were developing it from scratch (more complex ways).
>This is important as it answered a question I have had for awhile about 
>whether the trouble of deriving a domain-specific ontology from an upper 
>ontology was worth it.  Of course, the proof will be in the pudding ... 
>whether the final form (and the use
>thereof) is better with the added complexity.  That cannot be answered until
>one or more ontologies are done (in different styles) and can be compared
>against a use case.  However, at this point, I feel the use of SUMO
>is improving the domain-specific ontology I am working to create.
>Now, one question/issue about a property in SUMO.  SUMO has a
>patient slot for a Process.  The patient being some generic entity (or
>entities) that is acted on by the process.  I have two problems with this
>1. the term patient has a specific connotation as an organic thing.  I would
>prefer a generic word like the "target" of the process.    (02)

Names are always a problem, since different people have different 
intuitions about the right name for a concept.  Linguistics will like this 
name since it accords with common computational linguistic 
terminology.  For others, I agree that it might initially be confusing.    (03)

>2. the range of the property is "Entity" which includes both Physical and
>Abstract things.  Since the Process is a subclass of Physical, the targets
>of the Process should probably have a range of "Object" (subclass of 
>Physical).    (04)

A patient of an event could be information, which isn't physical, even 
though the event itself is situated in space and time, due to its 
relationship to an Agent.    (05)

Adam    (06)

>I hope to have a first draft of this posted to my website sometime
>tomorrow.  I'll post the URL here when I upload the protege files.
>- Mike
>Michael C. Daconta
>Chief Scientist, APG, McDonald Bradley, Inc.
>www.daconta.net    (07)

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