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Re: [ontolog-forum] N-ary relationships and hypergraphs

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From: Phil Murray <pcmurray2000@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2011 09:31:49 -0500
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Thanks, John.    (01)

I agree with all that. The issue for me is how to represent exchanges of 
meaning about current (and historical) realities -- that is, exchanges 
among humans -- in a more direct way, without deconstruction into 
bipartite representations.    (02)

For most of our activities, the associations and relationships among 
things and ideas in the current reality can be formalized as n-ary 
assertions about reality. In daily life, such meaning outweighs rigorous 
ontological representations of isolated concepts. We do, of course, 
resort to ontology-like deconstructions as needed, because precision of 
meaning always becomes a stumbling block. (CGs can be helpful there.)    (03)

I was hoping to find practices and tools that, in effect, support both. 
Reifying sets of bipartite representations seems to be low on the list 
of developers of semantic tools.    (04)

JS: "The common conventions for drawing hypergraphs are difficult to 
draw and read."    (05)

Amen to that!    (06)

      Phil    (07)

John F. Sowa wrote:
> The common conventions for drawing hypergraphs are difficult
>       to draw and read.    (08)

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