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Re: Trust in statements (was BioRDF Brainstorming)

From: Alan Ruttenberg <alanruttenberg@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2008 23:05:43 -0500
Message-Id: <18FF72B3-8A78-48FA-9641-11B6074D80BB@gmail.com>
Cc: Peter Ansell <ansell.peter@gmail.com>, public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org, holger.stenzhorn@deri.org, p.roe@qut.edu.au, j.hogan@qut.edu.au
To: Matt Williams <matthew.williams@cancer.org.uk>

I'm personally fond of the symbolic approach - I think it is more  
direct and easier to explain what is meant. It's harder to align  
people to a numerical system, I would think, and also provides a  
false sense of precision. Explanations are easier to understand as  
well: "2 sources thought this probable, and 1 thought is doubtful"  
can be grokked more easily than score: 70%


On Feb 12, 2008, at 4:03 PM, Matt Williams wrote:

> Just a quick note that the 'trust' we place in an agent /could/ be  
> described probabilistically, but could also be described logically.  
> I'm assuming that the probabilities that the trust annotations are  
> likely to subjective probabilities (as we're unlikely to have  
> enough data to generate objective probabilities for the degree of  
> trust).
> If you ask people to annotate with probabilities, the next thing  
> you might want to do is to define a set of common probabilities (10  
> - 90, in 10% increments, for example).
> The alternative is that one could annotate a source, or agent, with  
> our degree of belief, chosen from some dictionary of options  
> (probable, possible, doubtful, implausible, etc.).
> Although there are some formal differences, the two approaches end  
> up as something very similar. There is of course a great deal of  
> work on managing conflicting annotations and levels of belief in  
> the literature.
> Matt
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