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Integrating Two Descriptions of Taxonomies with Materialization

By: Alain Pirotte, David Massart

Abstract

The world can be described in many ways. The authors are interested in precise intensional descriptions, called schemas in the database culture, based on concepts that are ideas or notions of various degrees of generality about individuals and sets of individuals in the world. Concepts are used, for example, for distinguishing individuals from other individuals or for characterizing the common properties of similar individuals. Categories are the extensional counterparts of concepts. They serve to classify the population of individuals in the world into subsets perceived as interesting.

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Alain Pirotte, David Massart, “Integrating Two Descriptions of Taxonomies with Materialization”, Journal of Object Technology, Volume 3, no. 5 (May 2004), pp. 143-149, doi:10.5381/jot.2004.3.5.a4.

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