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Re: [ontolog-forum] predicates in RDF

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From: Chris Menzel <cmenzel@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2008 00:59:30 -0600 (CST)
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On Wed, 2 Jan 2008, Patrick Cassidy wrote:
> Just a little off-topic "cri de coeur" about the naming of relations:
> [Chris Menzel said]
>> But why?  "creator" in that example from the RDF documentation is
>> simply short for "is the creator of", which corresponds almost
>> exactly to the definition of "predicate" that you yourself provided.
> Actually, in that document it is short for "has creator", which has the
> opposite polarity from "is the creator of".    (01)

Yes, thanks, you are right (though I would stick with more standard
logical terminology and say "has creator" is simply the *converse* of
"is the creator of").  I relied on memory instead of going back and
looking, but of course the point I was making is unaffected.    (02)

> I really, really wish people would just stop using simple nouns to express
> relations, and always use a verbal form like "isTheCreatorOf" or
> "hasCreator" or "is_the_mother_of"    (03)

+1    (04)

-chris    (05)

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