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XML Topic Maps: Creating and Using Topic Maps for the Web by Jack Park, Sam Hunting

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A Quick Review of Concepts for Topic Maps and KR

Listed below are some brief definitions of important concepts we'll use in this chapter.

  • Topic map templates: the ontology part of a map containing topics that are candidates for classes or scopes

  • Class hierarchies: the super- and subclass associations of a map

  • Association properties: mathematically defined properties for binary associations, like transitivity

  • Inference rules: the rules that define the possible deduction of knowledge not explicitly coded

  • Constraints: constraining conditions that support guided editing and semantic validation of topic maps

The sum of the listed concepts plus the superclass–subclass concept—specified in XTM 1.0 for the definition of class hierarchies—results in what ...

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