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Re: class-specific inverse

From: Rinke Hoekstra <hoekstra@uva.nl>
Date: Tue, 2 Jun 2009 10:02:26 +0200
Cc: Uli Sattler <sattler@cs.man.ac.uk>, public-owl-dev@w3.org
Message-Id: <D41F7752-CC71-4440-AF07-AA2120A7FFD7@uva.nl>
To: Lee Feigenbaum <lee@thefigtrees.net>

On 1 jun 2009, at 16:44, Lee Feigenbaum wrote:
>> But, if you have
>> Springer publishes  YourBook and YourBook is an instance of Book,  
>> then this does *not* entail  Springer publishesBook  YourBook
> ...But this is the part I'm asking how to do :-)

You can do this using complex role inclusion axioms (role chains) and  
marker properties [1]:

- add an object property 'isBook'
- put a self restriction on isBook on Book: Book subClassOf isBook  
some self
- add a role chain definition to publishesBook: publishes o isBook ->  
- (publishesBook does not have to be a subproperty of publishes)

What happens is that any individual of type Book (e.g. YourBook) will  
'get' an isBook relation with itself. Given a publisher individual  
(Springer) that has a publishes relation with YourBook, these  
properties will form a chain publishes, isBook... which is a sub  
property of publishesBook, and therefore the relation publishesBook  
will relate Springer to YourBook.

Obviously you can easily do the same for publishesNewspaper &c.

Alternatively, you can do the same for just the inverse (without a  
'publishes' property): isBook o publishedBy -> bookPublishedBy
Add publishesBook as inverse of bookPublishedBy to get the relation  
you wanted.

Oh, and [2]


[1] shameless self-advertisement: http://www.amazon.com/Ontology-Representation-Intelligence-Applications-Dissertations/dp/1607500132/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1243929407&sr=8-1

[2] http://www.webont.org/owled/2009/

> Alan gave me a pointer that I'll dig through a bit later.
> Lee
>> (the "range" only works in one direction, i.e., if  Springer  
>> publishesBook  YourBook and the range of publishesBook is Book,  
>> *then* YourBook is an instance of Book --- but not the other way  
>> round)
>> Did this answer your question? Cheers, Uli
>>> thanks,
>>> Lee

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