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Re: [ontolog-forum] N-RELATIONs: Formal Ontology, Semantic Web and Smart

To: doug@xxxxxxxxxx, "[ontolog-forum]" <ontolog-forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
From: Simon Spero <ses@xxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 6 Nov 2011 13:36:24 -0500
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Another case, which Doug alludes to but does not go into in depth, applies in particular to actions-and-events™; there may be no fixed arity relations that can handle all the possible modifications to an action - Sebastian walking; Sebastian walking at 2am; Sebastian walking at 2am in Bologna, etc. ( Davidson - Action & Events)

Of course, this doesn't  mean that there are no fixed arity relations whose arity > 2, and that eliminating naturally higher arity relations just because one can is always a good idea...


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