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Re: Multiparticipant processes

From: Drew McDermott <drew.mcdermott@yale.edu>
Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2001 10:10:13 -0400 (EDT)
Message-Id: <200110051410.f95EADM23500@pantheon-po01.its.yale.edu>
To: www-ws@w3.org

             [me]
	     My conclusion from these speculations is that egocentric
	     representations are the obvious way to go until someone
	     comes up with
	     an important application of neutral representations, or
	     shows that for
	     some central special case (such as web services) you can
	     derive the
	     egocentric representations for all participants from a
	     neutral
	     representation.
	     ...
   [Marja Phipps]
   Why do the egocentric  representations need to be derived from the
   neutral representation?  It would be easier to abstract the
   coarse-grained neutral representations from the more fine-grained
   egocentric representations.

   Perhaps I am missing your point, but I believe that multiple
   abstractions will need to exist in almost any scenario (for the sake
   of re-usability and extensibility, if not for the process itself), and
   that multiple perspectives are nothing more than scoping the view to
   an appropriate subset of the abstractions.

Yes, you did miss my point, which was close to your position as I
understand it.  I *agree* that egocentric representations can't in
practice be derived from neutral ones.  

                                             -- Drew McDermott
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