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RE: universal languages

From: Miles Sabin <MSabin@interx.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Feb 2001 16:11:43 -0000
Message-ID: <23CF4BF2C499D411907E00508BDC95E116FBD9@ntmews_01.interx.com>
To: www-rdf-logic@w3.org
Peter Crowther wrote,
> Dan Connolly wrote,
> > Triples are an idiom that show up all over the place, in my 
> > experience. They look like a pretty important and useful 
> > modelling primitive.
> You can model a directed graph using a set of triples; you can 
> model an arbitrarily complex data structure with a directed 
> graph.  As primitives, they are sufficient to model any other 
> structure.  I'm not aware of a simpler primitive that allows 
> you to model an arbitrarily complex data structure using only a 
> single set containing instances of that primitive.


You can model a directed graph using an ordered set. Is a set of 
triples 'simpler' than a set with an ordering?

If triples are useful for the job at hand, then fair enough. But
I don't think it'll help much to attempt to give them any other
sort of justification.



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