At 01:58 PM 7/12/2003 -0400, MDaconta@xxxxxxx wrote:
>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
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)
>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.
>Michael C. Daconta
>Chief Scientist, APG, McDonald Bradley, Inc.
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