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Re: Assertions vs. declarations

From: Bijan Parsia <bparsia@cs.man.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2008 19:25:02 +0000
Message-Id: <487BB7F8-7DD9-4C98-A0D0-A203BD467D04@cs.man.ac.uk>
Cc: <public-owl-dev@w3.org>
To: "Marco Colombetti" <colombet@elet.polimi.it>

On 26 Mar 2008, at 17:00, Marco Colombetti wrote:

> I’m kind of dissatisfied with the use of the terms “assertion” and  
> “declaration” in the OWL literature.

Some pointers to where this happens would be helpful. I've not  
noticed these.

> Axioms like DisjointClasses(C,D) are often called “class  
> assertions”, and axioms like FunctionalObjectProperty(P) are called  
> “(object) property assertions”.

I wouldn't do that. I'd call them "class axioms" and "property  
axioms". (I wouldn't *want* to do that...perhaps I've slipped  
somewhere.) It's relatively harmless since they are declarative  
sentences typically presented in an assertional voice. But they are  
TBox and RBox axioms, not ABox :)

> Unfortunately, also Abox assertions like ClassAssertion(a C) are  
> called “class assertion”s, and Abox assertions like  
> ObjectPropertyAssertion(P a b) are called (object) “property  
> assertions”.

Yeah, that's ok by me.

> The former type of assertions are sometimes called “declarations”,

Where? That's evil.

> but unfortunately OWL has a different notion of declaration,  
> likeDeclaration(OWLClass(A)).

And "declaration" for tbox axioms is just *wrong* :)

> Any suggestion on how to call axioms like DisjointClasses(C,D) and  
> FunctionalObjectProperty(P) without creating confusion?

"Class axioms" and "Property axioms" and use ClassAssertion and  
PropertyAssertion for the abox statements. Or TBox and RBox in the  
right contexts.

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