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Re: about OWL

From: Drew McDermott <drew.mcdermott@yale.edu>
Date: Tue, 2 Mar 2004 15:00:21 -0500 (EST)
Message-Id: <200403022000.i22K0Lv04313@pantheon-po01.its.yale.edu>
To: www-rdf-logic@w3.org

> > [Linus Yeung]
> >  hasDepartment : Domain is University and Range is Department
> >  hasStudent      : Domain is Department and Range is Student

> [Benjamin Nowack]

> as far as I know, OWL does not support this kind of transitivity.
> You would need some kind of rule system to conclude
> (?U hasDepartment ?D) AND (?D hasStudent ?S) =3D> (?S belongsTo ?U)
> (an alternative would be to use a transitive property such as
> "hasMember" for both the relations between universities and 
> departments, and departments and students. then you could 
> use OWL's semantics to get the university of a student. but
> your properties would probably be too generic for other cases
> in your domain then..)

Yes, but you could do this:

   Make   hasDepartment a subProperty of hasMember
   Make   hasStudent a subProperty of hasMember
   Make   hasMember transitive
   Make   belongsTo the inverse of hasMember   

although perhaps "hasMember" is too reminiscent of set-theoretic
membership, which is of course not transitive.  

                                             -- Drew McDermott
                                                Yale University CS Dept.
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