From: Miles Sabin <MSabin@interx.com>

Date: Fri, 2 Feb 2001 22:09:06 -0000

Message-ID: <23CF4BF2C499D411907E00508BDC95E116FBD3@ntmews_01.interx.com>

To: www-rdf-logic@w3.org

Cc: connolly@w3.org

Date: Fri, 2 Feb 2001 22:09:06 -0000

Message-ID: <23CF4BF2C499D411907E00508BDC95E116FBD3@ntmews_01.interx.com>

To: www-rdf-logic@w3.org

Cc: connolly@w3.org

Dan Connolly wrote, > pat hayes wrote: > > according to several members of the group which developed > > RDF, the 'graph model' of a set of RDF triplets is intended > > itself to be *the* model (in the sense from model theory) of > > those triplets. > > Really? can you cite a source for that? I'd like to correct it. Correct what? That the intended model is the graph/triplet model; or any implication that there's a model (in the model-theoretic sense) at all? > I'm just sort of teaching myself all this model theory stuff > as I go, but as far as I understand it, the semantics of RDF > are just like the semantics of first-order logic, where the > only terms are URIs (constant symbols) and existentially > quantified variables, and the only formulas are ground > propositions, conjuctions, and existentially quantified > formulas. That seems more or less right to me, with the following two qualifications, * There are no conjunctions in the way there are in typical languages (tho', to be sure, you can get something like the effect of asserting P&Q by asserting P and asserting Q). * Even if there's no explicit formal model, there's a fairly clear indication in RDF M&S that the quantifiers range over resources, ie. things which have a URI, hence that the domain of quantification is at most countably infinite ... because there at most countably many URIs and no two distinct resources can share a URI. BTW, if you're looking around for an interesting logical framework to embed RDF M&S, I'd recommend, _A_Structuralist_Theory_of_Logic_, Arnold Koslow, Cambridge University Press, 1992 _extremely_ highly. The salient point is that he manages to crank a variety of first order logics (both classical and non- classical) and a framework for building modal logics, out of resources which aren't all that different from what RDF M&S has to offer (I can elaborate on this if anyone's interested ... with the caveat that I'm an ex-philosopher, not a logician). Cheers, Miles -- Miles Sabin InterX Internet Systems Architect 5/6 Glenthorne Mews +44 (0)20 8817 4030 London, W6 0LJ, England msabin@interx.com http://www.interx.com/Received on Friday, 2 February 2001 17:09:47 UTC

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