From: Birte Glimm <birte.glimm@comlab.ox.ac.uk>

Date: Fri, 28 May 2010 17:44:09 +0100

Message-ID: <AANLkTimTK0C-exvzUz70uFbMEiv90Tykl7yW2Mm-joiA@mail.gmail.com>

To: SPARQL Working Group <public-rdf-dawg@w3.org>, Andy Seaborne <andy.seaborne@talis.com>

Date: Fri, 28 May 2010 17:44:09 +0100

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To: SPARQL Working Group <public-rdf-dawg@w3.org>, Andy Seaborne <andy.seaborne@talis.com>

Hi Andy, others, here's a suggestion for defining property paths. Why not define the semantics of the various constructors in terms of standard SPARQL operations? As far as I can see there are two constructors that cannot be expressed by means of standard SPARQL, which are paths between two nodes of length 0 and paths of arbitrary length, but greater than zero. Others you call complex are translated to union queries, which I thought is legal, but maybe I am wrong. Let T be a term (variable, IRI, bnode, or literal), iri an IRI, ?x a variable not occurring elsewhere in the query, n, m natural numbers (>0). All possibly with subscript, e.g., T_1 is a term too. A basic property path is iri, ^iri, iri+, iri*, iri{n}, iri{n,m}, iri{n,}, iri{,m}. A property path is defined recursively as follows a basic property path is a property path. For p, p_1, and p_2 property paths, p_1/p_2 and ^p are property paths. We define a function simplify that translates a triple that uses a property path as predicate into a group graph pattern. triple | simplify(triple) T_1 iri T_2 | T_1 iri T_2 T_1 ^iri T_2 | T_2 iri T_1 *** T_1 iri+ T_2 | { T_1 iri+ T_2 } *** T_1 iri* T_2 | { T_1 iri{0} T_2 } UNION { T_1 iri+ T_2 } *** T_1 iri{0} T_2 | {} FILTER(T1 == T2) <- not working *** T_1 iri{n} T_2 | { T_1 iri ?x_1 . ?x_1 iri ?x2 . ... ?x_{n-1} iri T_2 } T_1 iri{n,m} T_2 | { { T_1 iri{n} T_2 } UNION { T_1 iri{n+1} T_2 } UNION ... { T_1 iri{m} T_2 } } T_1 iri{n,} T_2 | { { T_1 iri{n} T_2 } UNION { T_1 iri* T_2 } } T_1 iri{,n} T_2 | { { T_1 iri{0} T_2 } UNION { T_1 iri{1,2} T_2 } } T_1 p_1/p_2 T_2 | { simplify(T_1 p_1 ?x) . simplify(?x p_2 T_2) } T_1 ^p T_2 | { simplify(T_2 p T_1) } (not sure my ascii table will come across nicely formatted...) The 2 things marked with *** are, if I am not mistaken, not expressible in standard SPARQL and my attempt of translating T_1 iri{0} T_2 is not working as I understand it because { } leaves T_1 and T_2 unbound if they are variables and that would evaluate to false, which is not what is intended. Implementations are of course free to evaluate the expressions as they feel fit, as long as the results are the same. I am not suggesting you should actually union all the expanded queries together in T_1 iri{n,m} T_2. This is really just to get the semantics straight. This would at least only leave two cases to be defined. Just a suggestion and maybe my use of unions is violating some constraints that I am not aware of... Birte -- Dr. Birte Glimm, Room 306 Computing Laboratory Parks Road Oxford OX1 3QD United Kingdom +44 (0)1865 283529Received on Friday, 28 May 2010 16:44:45 UTC

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