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Re: Proposed response to Ken Laskey

From: Jim Hendler <hendler@cs.umd.edu>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2003 13:46:27 -0400
Message-Id: <p05200f9cbb3de2d2e576@[]>
To: ewallace@cme.nist.gov, www-webont-wg@w3.org

At 1:31 PM -0400 7/18/03, ewallace@cme.nist.gov wrote:
>Jim Hendler's proposed response to Ken Laskey included the following:
>>>   While OWL in its present form does not intrinsically support such
>>>   probablistic or conditional associations useful in real semantic queries,
>>>   application-specific semantics could be encoded in OWL to support such
>>>   functionality.
>>>   </comment>
>>Actually, the use case was talking about defeasible inheritance
>>reasoning, not probability. Although probability can be clearly of use
>>in some use cases, the working group did not consider it an important
>>requirement, although support for probabilistic information is implied
>>by Requirement R12. Attaching Information to Statements. However,
>>you are right that the "typically" is misleading here, and therefore
>>we will change this to read
>>"...a `Late Georgian chest of drawers', in the absence of other
>>information, would be assumed to be `made of mahogany.'  This
>>knowledge ... "
>>which we agree will be less misleading.
>It may be too late to add, but I thought that Jeff had agreed to
>specifically add mention of defeasible inheritance reasoning in the
>"Default property value" objective in the Requirements document.  Is there
>a problem with making this change?

I think Jeff should make this change, and that he had agreed to do 
so, so I assume it is happening

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