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Re: [ontolog-forum] Avoiding Hobson's Choice In Choosing An ntology

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Date: Sun, 30 Apr 2006 11:51:51 -0400
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Patrick --    (01)

You wrote...    (02)

To my mind you may as well replace FOL with English and argue that all 
descriptions should be in English to facilitate interchange    (03)

Well, how about an English-like language mapped automatically to and 
from a logical language?    (04)

As you may know, there is such an thing, online at reengineeringllc.com 
, with a number of ontology and other examples that you can view, run 
and change using a browser.  Shared use is free.    (05)

With regard to English-based interchange, the paper    (06)

   http://www.w3.org/2004/12/rules-ws/paper/19    (07)

may be of interest.  Thanks in advance for comments.    (08)

                                                             -- Adrian    (09)

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Patrick Durusau wrote:    (014)

> Bill,
> Bill Andersen wrote:
>> Chris pretty well covered all the main points, but I couldn't resist...
>> On Apr 29, 2006, at 20:10 , Chris Menzel wrote:
>>> On Sat, Apr 29, 2006 at 11:19:55AM -0400, Patrick Durusau wrote:
>>>> ...Finally, it is FOL that imposes limitations on mapping.
>>>> Assume that we have an experienced analyst that is reviewing
>>>> information that has been recorded in a subject map using subject
>>>> proxies. Due to their experience, they have reached a conclusion that
>>>> what appears to be two distinct individuals is actually one. A
>>>> conclusion that would result in merging proxies that represent the
>>>> purchaser of weaponized anthrax and a recent entry into the US.
>>>> They may not have an articulable basis for that conclusion and so FOL
>>>> is not going to be of any use.
>>> I'm not at all sure what an "articulable basis for a conclusion"  
>>> is, but
>>> why does one need such a basis any more in the case of an identity
>>> assertion than in any other case?  If the analyst comes to believe  
>>> that
>>> S1 is in Afghanistan, she writes: In(Afghanistan,S1).  If she comes to
>>> believe that individuals S1 and S2 are one and the same, she writes:
>>> S1 = S2.
>> I believe it is more the case that Patrick is confused between:
>> 1) Syntax (he's talking about proxies) versus semantics (what the  
>> proxies are taken to denote)
>> 2) Belief (in one analyst's judgement, A=B)
>> 3) Logic (there is no reason that the sentence 'A=B' could not be  
>> made the subject of reference, such that whatever basis a believer  
>> may have for believing what it expresses could be articulated formally)
>> It has been difficult for me to understand many of Patrick's (and  
>> related correspondents') comments that imply that TM and other  
>> similar proposals somehow transcend the "limitations" of logic for  
>> the purposes of doing "ontology".  I'm quite certain Patrick and I  
>> mean something very different by the term.
> I don't think we mean different things by "ontology" but we accord an 
> "ontology" a different status.
> In my view, an ontology is composed of subjects with descriptions, no 
> more or less than any subjects that are purported to be classified by 
> such an ontology.
> And, those subjects can be described using FOL, as well as any other 
> means of description, all of which are equally valid descriptions.
> That is to say that the choice of FOL for describing the subjects that 
> compose an ontology is only one choice among many. And judging from 
> the number of non-FOL descriptions of subjects, it is not the most 
> favored one.
> Matthew started off this particular thread by saying that Topic Maps 
> don't use FOL.
> First, I tried to distinguish Topic Maps from the more general Subject 
> Maps paradigm described in the TMRM.
> Second, I think I have already said that you could use FOL for subject 
> descriptions if you so desired.
> Third, and here I suspect we disagree, I don't see the need to require 
> anyone to use FOL to describe their subjects. To do so automatically 
> excludes any description that does not use FOL, which reduces the 
> amount of information that can be assembled for any particular subject.
> You could say and probably will, that non-FOL descriptions could be 
> translated into FOL descriptions. Without conceding that observation, 
> the more pressing question is why? Afterall, in order to reason about 
> anything it has to be identified and subject proxies fulfill precisely 
> that role. With whatever descriptions a users chooses to use. Granted 
> that FOL experts are more comfortable with FOL, but so are other users 
> comfortable with their systems of description as well. What is more,  
> subject proxies via keys being references to proxies that represent 
> those subjects, enable the representation of those systems of 
> identification.
> To my mind you may as well replace FOL with English and argue that all 
> descriptions should be in English to facilitate interchange. I am sure 
> there are any number of alternative languages that could and would be 
> suggested in a debate on that topic.
> The key (sorry) to what I have been saying is that subject proxies 
> (which are not syntax until you create a legend to govern their 
> existence) represent subjects and the descriptions that can be given 
> of a subject and merged to a subject proxy are not limited by the 
> TMRM. Granted that any system in particular is going to have 
> limitations in terms of what it will or will not accept, but that is 
> quite separate and apart from the model presented in the TMRM.
> I assume that most of the FOL supporters will concede that systems 
> exist that describe subjects without using FOL. So what is required to 
> merge those systems with one using FOL? The answer for subject maps is 
> a mapping of descriptions of the same subject to a single subject 
> proxy, which then captures both the FOL description and the non-FOL 
> description.
> The point of the suggested mapping between FOL and non-FOL systems is 
> to illustrate that the TMRM does not privilege any method of 
> identifying a subject over any other.
> Let me conclude by noting that I hope we can distinguish between 
> representation in FOL and the use of FOL in an automated system to 
> "reason" about subjects. When I speak of the "limitations" of FOL it 
> is the the second sense and not the former.
> Hope you are having a great day!
> Patrick
>    (015)

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