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Re: [ontolog-forum] doing standards [was - Re: Webby objects]

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From: John F Sowa <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2012 12:33:10 -0500
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On 11/28/2012 10:27 AM, Hassan At-Kaci wrote:
> ... a paper I wrote back in 1982 [!] while a grad student at Penn describing
> an experiment on what sense a human user is able to make out of an
> ontology using English labels as opposed to to dummy labels.    (01)

I sympathize with all the observations made on this thread.  They're
mostly consistent with my experience.  But it's always good to have
some actual data -- even when it's 30 years old.    (02)

> ... to quote part of my paper's conclusion, that "when entities bear English 
>names,
> natural language productions are more compact, more "natural", and 
>syntactically
> more elegant." Descriptions given by the subjects seeing only dummy-labels 
>were
> verbose, and tended to carry no clear meaning, even with a clearly detailed
> ontological structure.
>
> 
>http://www.hassan-ait-kaci.net/pdf/Describing-Knowledge-from-Semantic-Networks.pdf    (03)

That's a strong argument for meaningful labels.    (04)

It would be useful to run similar experiments with current tools.
I'd expect the results to be similar, but it's good to see what
happens with different kinds of applications and participants.    (05)

John    (06)



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