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Re: PROV-ISSUE-411 (tracedto-inference): Should tracedTo allow tracing across specialization relation [prov-dm-constraints]

From: Luc Moreau <l.moreau@ecs.soton.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2012 17:43:53 -0700
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hi James

If we have:

specializationOf(bbcsiteToday, bbcsite2012)
wasAttributed(bbcsite2012,bbc)

wouldn't we want to infer tracedTo(bbcsiteToday, bbc)?

Luc
On 20/06/2012 15:55, James Cheney wrote:
>
> On Jun 19, 2012, at 2:41 PM, Khalid Belhajjame wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> On 19 June 2012 21:10, Provenance Working Group Issue Tracker 
>> <sysbot+tracker@w3.org <mailto:sysbot+tracker@w3.org>> wrote:
>>
>>     PROV-ISSUE-411 (tracedto-inference): Should tracedTo allow
>>     tracing across specialization relation [prov-dm-constraints]
>>
>>     http://www.w3.org/2011/prov/track/issues/411
>>
>>     Raised by: Luc Moreau
>>     On product: prov-dm-constraints
>>
>>     Hi
>>
>>     The constraints document allows for tracedTo to be inferred from
>>     derivation and attribution. Should the following also hold:
>>
>>     specialization(e2,e1)
>>     implies
>>     tracedTo(e2,e1)
>>
>>
>>
>> I didn't think about this hard, but my first guess is that 
>> traceability should be reserved to entities that are (transitively) 
>> related through activities. This does not necessarily apply to 
>> specialization: an entity e2 that is a specialization of another 
>> entity e1, can be created independently of e1.
>
> I also don't see a strong motivation for this inference, since 
> specialization is more of a "part of" relationship - to me it doesn't 
> seem sensible to say "the BBC web site today" is  "derived from" or 
> "traced to" "the BBC web site during 2012".
>
> But then, tracedTo is essentially building-in one specific (likely 
> useful, but ad hoc) transitive "query" over the provenance, and 
> nothing would break if we added this inference as far as I can tell 
> (since there are no constraints that can be violated by adding 
> tracedTo edges at the moment).
>
> --James
>
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