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Re: semantics: layering...? [was: Next steps (Action: all)]

From: Pat Hayes <phayes@ai.uwf.edu>
Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2002 17:02:05 -0600
Message-Id: <p0510141eb8a46092f86e@[]>
To: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>, "Peter F. Patel-Schneider" <pfps@research.bell-labs.com>
Cc: webont <www-webont-wg@w3.org>
>On Thu, 2002-02-28 at 12:41, Peter F. Patel-Schneider wrote:
>>  >   3. Semantics: As evidenced by the layering discussion, developing
>>  > the semantic model for the language (mandated by our charter) is not
>>  > easy, but needs to be done.  We expect to produce both a model theory
>>  > and an axiomization similar to the ones prepared for DAML+OIL.
>>  Well there has been work done on the layering issues, but it seems to have
>>  been put off and put off again from the agenda.  Therefore, I would like to
>>  have an agenda item for next week on the layering issue.
>I've been studying the layering stuff, but I'm not sure
>how to prepare for a telcon discussion of layering.
>If you have anything in particular in mind, please let me/us know.
>It takes me a while to get the relevant stuff swapped in
>my brain to discuss that layering stuff. Also, I have an internal
>telcon on Tuesdays, and if you can get me something before
>then, I can discuss it with some other folks in
>preparation for a telcon.
>Oh... one thing that would help me is if you and PatH
>could summarize the thread you guys had.
>I didn't follow all of it. Was there any particular result
>of the discussion?

No actual result yet, other than possibly a better (though not 
perfect) mutual understanding of the positions.

I would like Peter to either agree that purely as a technical matter, 
there is in fact no formal paradox in the layering; or else to 
provide a *formal* analysis of how the claimed paradox arises, using 
a mathematical statement of all the relevant assumptions about the 
domains. I do not think that this can be done if the actual model 
theory for RDF is used (rather than some other semantics that Peter 
thinks would be better.)

I am overdue to write up my position in a coherent way, which I will 
try to do before next week, but it will be brief, I'm afraid, as my 
next 2 weeks will be spent mostly in travelling and meetings.

Also I will not be able to make next week's telecon (I hope I 
remembered to send regrets for today: if I didn't, please accept them 
belatedly.) Hopefully things should improve after then.

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