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Re: [ontolog-forum] Axiomatic ontology

To: "[ontolog-forum] " <ontolog-forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Bill Andersen <andersen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
From: Avril Styrman <Avril.Styrman@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2008 22:39:23 +0200
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Bill,    (01)

Lainaus Bill Andersen <andersen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>:
> To say the web is an "ontology" is nonsense.  What requirements does  
> an arbitrary jumble of text need to meet to count as an ontology on  
> this view?    (02)

Compare these two ways of expressing the same thing:    (03)

Human is a mammal    (04)

<class> Mammal </class>
<class subClassOf:Mammal> Human </class>    (05)

A NL parser can extract the same information (human is 
a mammal) from NL that can also be given in a formal ontology.    (06)

E.g. Lotfi Zadeh's Precisiated Natural Language PNL 
is all about using the internet as the source of 
knowledge, and turning it into a formalized form.
This way, the naturally evolving internet contains 
similar sort of information than that what is 
inserted into Cyc by hand.     (07)

Avril    (08)

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