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Options for moving forward on negation

From: Lee Feigenbaum <lee@thefigtrees.net>
Date: Tue, 06 Apr 2010 09:41:08 -0400
Message-ID: <4BBB39F4.4050700@thefigtrees.net>
To: SPARQL Working Group <public-rdf-dawg@w3.org>
Options that I see:

O1) Include MINUS and NOT EXISTS as graph pattern clauses; include NOT 
   => LeeF claims this is confusing pedagogically

O2) Include MINUS as a graph pattern clause; include NOT EXISTS and 
EXISTS as FILTERs (original F2F3 decision)
   => AndyS claims that not having an "in-place" NOT EXISTS operation 
does not serve as an adequate replacement for the current 

O3) Include MINUS graph operation only.

O4) Include NOT EXISTS graph operation & NOT EXISTS/EXISTS FILTER only.

   => O3 and O4 fail to bridge the divide between people who view this 
as removing bindings versus filtering based on existence.

O5) Include a NOT EXISTS graph operation. Define it in such a way that 
it covers the cases that have the same results for both approaches. 
Explicitly note that implementers may choose which style to implement 
for the corner cases. (I think this was Sandro's suggestion at F2F3.)
   => We're not sure how to specify this, I don't think.

O6) Do not include anything for negation.
   => This doesn't seem to fly with our charter.

I'll go through these on today's call, but in the absence of consensus 
we may simply end up whittling this list down based on what people's 
favorite options are, and then putting it to a group vote.

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