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[ontolog-forum] multidimensional surfaces

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From: FERENC KOVACS <f.kovacs@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 31 Dec 2009 08:09:51 +0000 (GMT)
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Ravi wrote
"Kindly let us know if there is any relevance ranking or strength, or semantic distance for various relationships?"
Dear Ravi,
You must be aware that we think in different terms, hence models of the world and reality. The terminology you use belongs to your universe of discourse that i am not familiar enough with. But you do not always such technical terms, very often you use metafors (like mechanism) which I despise, but can also use. Ontology is an effort to portray concepts as ice and snowflakes, library indexing is happy to illustrate them as clouds. We are all after the visual representation of water molecules, I believe in water the structure of which is not known to us. All our intelligence would be non existing if air pressure, temperature and the proportion of water and oxygen would change by a couple of decrees which are our inventions as units of measurement, as all are by the way.
Referring back to your example of collective intelligence with birds flying in flocks together, I should remind you that the synchronization phenomenon is explained with the behaviour of the birdies which watch their nextdoor neighbour and follow suit. This wave like product is also seen with the audience in football matches and there is a general theoretical approach to the subject in Physics.
To go on with the metaphor people are building islands and continents in their mental world, but it is the seas where knowledge is connected and be traversed with ease. So returning to your request
concerning "relevance ranking or strength, or semantic distance", please, be patient, I am not ready yet to give you the answer you expect.
Happy New Year

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