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Re: [ontolog-forum] RDF & RDFS (was... Is there something I missed?)

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From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 08 Feb 2009 13:14:55 -0500
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Pat,    (01)

 > I wasn't anticipating scrutiny by a Greek and Persian scholar!    (02)

I know a little Greek (mostly from reading Aristotle and Plato in
the Loeb series, which has English on one side & Greek on the other.)    (03)

But my wife Cora has a PhD in Classical Philology, so I just used
her dictionaries (which have good etymologies) to look up the words.
I asked her to check what I wrote before sending it out.    (04)

 > ... originally I was looking for a word meaning "same sequence"
 > (sequence of nucleotides in a DNA molecule) but the ancient Greek
 > speaker I consulted didn't know of any Greek word for "sequence"
 > other than sequence of succession of kings.    (05)

Wow!  You found an actual 2000-year-old man?    (06)

In any case, there is an ancient Greek word for a list of words:
'katalogos', but it has already been used for other purposes.    (07)

There is also the verb 'steicho', which means to march in a row.
Two nouns were derived from that verb:    (08)

  1. 'stichos', which has the specialized meanings of a row of
     soldiers or a line of verse.    (09)

  2. 'stoichos', which is a more general word for row.    (010)

The noun 'stoichos' is the more general and more productive term:    (011)

  1. The derivative verb 'stoichizo' means to arrange things in a row.    (012)

  2. Another derivative noun 'stoicheion' means one element in a row.    (013)

  3. The chemists coined the term 'stoichiometry' for the
     quantitative measure of the elements in chemical compounds.    (014)

Therefore, 'stoichos' would be a good choice for row or sequence.
For an English adjective meaning 'having the same sequence', Cora
suggested 'isostoichic'.    (015)

John    (016)

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