Re: possible stances with respect to multiple reification


this is good. I have some questions/observations, though:

Option #1: On some level, we could say those examples are not RDF graphs, but the question in my mind is about how easy/possible is it to detect those cases? Detecting that "abc" :b :c is not an RDF graph is trivial, but the reification case maybe not so much (at least there is a very different implementation burden).

Option #3: Saying "can cause problems" is somewhat vague. Again, when do you find out that there is a problem? What if we have an implementation that simply refuses to ingest the "single reifier multiple triples" -style graph? That would be a different kind of problem than the :range example you give (ingestion vs. reasoning).

I really would like to see how far we could take the idea of "well-formedness". I understand it may not be easy to formalize, but I am sure we could do better than what people say about pornography ("I cannot define it but I know it when I see it"). Implementations could accept non-well-formed graphs, or reject them. In case they do accept them, outcomes could be unpredictable (ranging from practically nothing to annoying or worse). People building systems that rely on predictable behavior on non-well-formed graphs would be "on their own".


´╗┐On 4/22/24, 9:22 AM, "Peter F. Patel-Schneider" < <>> wrote:

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I would find it useful to have an enumeration of the possible stances with
respect to multiple reification. I see four:

1/ Multiple reification is completely illegal so
<< :r | :a :b 42 >> :c :d .
<< :r | :a :b 43 >> :c :d .
is not an RDF graph, just as
"abc" :b :c .
is not an RDF graph.

2/ Multiple reification is possible but something to be avoided, like
:l rdf:first "abc" .
:l rdf:first "def" .
:l rdf:next rdf:nil .
is a valid RDF graph but is to be avoided or similar to
:age rdfs:range xsd:int .
:liz :age "abc" .
is a valid RDF graph but is to be avoided. That is, these graphs do not make
sense for any purpose.

3/ Multiple reification is possible but can cause problems and thus should not
be encouraged, like
:r rdfs:subPropertyOf rdfs:subPropertyOf .
:r rdfs:subPropertyOf rdfs:subClassOf .
is a valid RDF graph but can cause problems or
:age rdfs:range xsd:int .
:liz :age :f .
is a valid RDF graph but can cause problems. That is, anyone who creates
these graphs should understand the consequences of what they are doing.

4/ Multiple reification is possible and has no negative connotations, like
:liz :married :dick .
:liz :married :eddie .
is a valid RDF graph and has no problems as far as RDF is concerned.

I have a preferred stance here, a stance I cannot live with, one I can live
with, and one I am uncertain about.


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