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Re: [ontolog-forum] Visual Complexity

To: Rex Brooks <rexb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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From: Pat Hayes <phayes@xxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2007 10:44:10 -0600
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>Hi Everyone,
>... I do think, though, that some
>measure of correction of logical constructions is probably also
necessary,    (01)

Amen to that. But it is very hard to see how this is to be done. I 
REALLY wish there were a nontrivial and useful notion of how to 
measure 'correctness' of an ontology. It is not enough to just say, 
it is correct if it "fits the facts" in some sense, since ontologies 
may be based on very different, possibly mutually contradictory, 
conceptualizations, and yet both fit the facts perfectly well.    (02)

I have been worrying about this for years but have never managed to 
get my thinking to a point where it seemed useful to pursue an active 
research direction. If anyone has any ideas about it, I'd love to 
engage in a discussion.    (03)

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