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[TF-PP] Duplicates and simple property path expressions.

From: Andy Seaborne <andy.seaborne@talis.com>
Date: Thu, 04 Mar 2010 14:53:09 +0000
Message-ID: <4B8FC955.1080405@talis.com>
To: sparql Working Group <public-rdf-dawg@w3.org>

Rob Vesse observes that "no duplicates" is at odds with the expansion of 
a simple path (a term we have already decided to remove) into a triple 
pattern because there is an implicit projection going on.

   {?x foaf:knows{2} ?y}
is not quite the same as
   { ?x foaf:knows ?z . ?z foaf:knows ?y }
when there are acylic components/

:a foaf:knows :b .
:a foaf:knows :c .
:b foaf:knows :d .
:c foaf:knows :d .

because ?z is projected away.

We can specify either way:

+ emphasis that certain property paths are the same as the triple 
expansion form, and not have the striuct no duplicates rule (this 
reintroduces the simple property paths concept) or

+ note, and provide an example, that they are not exactly equivalent.

I prefer the latter - keep the "no duplicates" situation.

Note this is related to "[TF-PP] cycles - simple or a walk"



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