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Re: [ontolog-forum] Foundation ontology, CYC, and Mapping

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From: "Matthew West" <dr.matthew.west@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 26 Feb 2010 09:09:56 -0000
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Dear Pat,    (01)

This is important. Like democracy, some sort of FO/lattice of theories
approach is only the worst approach, apart from all the others. Something
imperfect will be much better than nothing.    (02)

>    But the important point that your comment didn't address is: if the
> FO
> tactic does not lead to perfect interoperability (and I don't expect it
> to),
> what tactic does?  Is there a better alternative to approach the ideal?
> My
> point has been that the FO tactic appears to be the most accurate,
> fastest,
> and least expensive method to achieve a high degree of accuracy in
> general
> semantic interoperability, and that is highly valuable even if it is
> not
> perfect.  The only alternative thus far advanced, mapping from one
> ontology
> to another, would have to be slower, more costly, less accurate, and
> far
> less general.
>     We aim for perfection, but accept "good enough".  I am not
> convinced
> that "not perfect" equals "useless".  Just how problematic those issues
> would be for real problems can only be determined by trying it and
> seeing
> what problems arise.    (03)

Regards    (04)

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