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Re: A shot at rdfms-resource-semantics

From: Graham Klyne <Graham.Klyne@Baltimore.com>
Date: Fri, 11 May 2001 15:54:25 +0100
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To: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Cc: Martyn Horner <martyn.horner@profium.com>, w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org
At 03:31 AM 5/8/01 -0500, Dan Connolly wrote:
>         Can two different URI's name the same resource?
>but I think it can actually be reduced to a test case:
>@prefix u: <http://www.w3.org/2000/01/rdf-schema#>.
><#Car> u:subClassOf <#Automobile>.
><#Automobile> u:subClassOf <#Car>.
>(attached as RDF/xml, cloaked as text/html)
>If we decide that subClassOf works like conventional subset
>   http://www.w3.org/2000/03/rdf-tracking/#rdfs-no-cycles-in-subClassOf
>) then we can conclude from the above that (the absolute
>forms of) #Car and #Automobile denote the same resource.
>I suggest the answer is: yes.

But this only works for resources that are 'rdf:Class'es.  It says these 
two classes describe (have as instances) the same set of resources.

My view of resource equivalence is more like the "walks like a duck, ..." test:

If all queries using two different URIs always return the same result, then 
the URIs in some sense designated "equivalent" resources.  I think it's an 
open question (or a matter of definition rather than deduction) whether 
these are actually the same resource.  I suppose that if we had a model 
theory we could answer that question by determining whether the URIs 
denoted the same member in the domain of discourse.  And I suspect that 
different model theories could give different answers.


Graham Klyne                    Baltimore Technologies
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