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What Part-of Is and Isn't (... in the Bio Domain, at least)

Stefan Schulz, Udo Hahn

Biomedical terminologies lack a clear-cut understanding of the semantics of part-whole relations. In order to design a conceptually adequate and valid ontology for the bio domain, we investigate different forms of ontological dependencies between parts and wholes. Furthermore we discuss the abstraction of parthood by spatial inclusion in order to diminish discretionary modeling decisions. As a consequence, we propose a multi-facetted encoding pattern for biological structure at the level of knowledge representation.

Keywords: Ontologies, Knowledge Representation, Bioinformatics, Mereotopology

Citation: Stefan Schulz, Udo Hahn: What Part-of Is and Isn't (... in the Bio Domain, at least). In R.López de Mántaras and L.Saitta (eds.): ECAI2004, Proceedings of the 16th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence, IOS Press, Amsterdam, 2004, pp.403-407.

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ECAI-2004 is organised by the European Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence (ECCAI) and hosted by the Universitat Politècnica de València on behalf of Asociación Española de Inteligencia Artificial (AEPIA) and Associació Catalana d'Intel-ligència Artificial (ACIA).