From: Jorge Pérez <jperez@utalca.cl>

Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2006 13:30:58 -0400

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Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2006 13:30:58 -0400

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Hi!, I try but I cannot find an answer to my question in the mailing list, sorry if the question was already answered. The right answer for an optional pattern is very clear when there is no nesting, i.e. when one can easily read the formal defintion "S is a solution of OPT(A,B) if S is a...". I understand that OPT(A, B) refeers to { A . OPTIONAL { B } } But when there is a nested optional pattern it appears to be a confusion, for: { A . OPTIONAL { B . OPTIONAL { C } } } What is the right answer? I think that there are at least two posibilities: 1) one is to think in the composition of two binary operations, a binary operation between B and C, and a binary operation between A and the result of the previous operation, something like OPT(A, OPT(B, C)). The formal defintion in this case is clear followind the doc: S is a solution of OPT(A, OPT(B,C)) if S is a solution of A and of OPT(B, C) otherwise if S is a solution to A but not to A and OPT(B, C). 2) the other posibility is to think of the application of one single ternary operation, i.e. somethign like OPT(A, B, C). The formal definition here would be: S is a solution of OPT(A, B, C) if S is a solution of A and B and C, otherwise if S is a solution of A and B but not of C, otherwise if S is a solution to A but not to B. In the last draft it seems that when defining formally the optional matching the editors agree with 1) for nesting when thay say "a combination of two patterns...". But when they are informally reading the examples of nested optional patterns I think they agree with 2). When looking in some implementations (SPARQLer for example) they seems to use 2. for evaluation... What is the right formal definition of nested patterns? Thanks... -------- Jorge Pérez R. http://ing.utalca.cl/~jperez ------------------------------------------------- Este mensaje fue enviado por: http://webmail.utalca.clReceived on Sunday, 2 April 2006 02:20:44 GMT

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