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Re: An exciting inference?

From: Thomas B. Passin <tpassin@comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2003 10:41:56 -0500
To: www-rdf-logic@w3.org
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[Roger L. Costello]>
> I am seeking a *simple* example that enables an *impressive* inference
> to be made.
> Below is the outline of a scenario that is universally understandable
> and would be very compelling if the inference shown below could be made.
> The Robber and the Speeder


You know, the scenario itself is not all that significant, even when it
sounds exciting.  I think there are several other comsiderations that need
to be considered, in the context of the value of ontologies, OWL, the
semantic web, etc.

1) First of all, there are potentially many ways to design a system to solve
this particular use case.  What could OWL, etc., bring to the party that
would make them an especially compelling approach?

2) Flexibility and extensibility.  Right away, someone will want to ask
different questions.  Why should we only look in today's reports?  Why
should we not look across different dates?  Can we add some more ways two
people could be suspected to be the same person?  How can we make use of
probablistic assessments?  The point here is to bring out how OWL. etc.,
bring the potential for such adaptibility.

3) Extend the resources that can be brought to bear.  Can OWL. etc., help us
bring new data sets (and maybe new reasoners) to bear on the problem?

To make a really compelling scenario, show how OWL etc. support all three in
a way that more conventional approaches cannot.

Does anyone have a scenario ready to go that fits the bill?


Tom P
Received on Saturday, 15 March 2003 12:48:43 UTC

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