Interpreting Network Formalisms


Israel, D. J. Interpreting Network Formalisms. International Journal of Computers and Mathematics, vol. 9, no. 1, 1983.


In a recent paper, Reiter and Criscuolo remark “that (semantic) networks are notational variants of logical formulae is by now a truism in Artificial Intelligence circles”. Shamelessly exploiting the foregoing quote as a pretext, I attempt to sketch adequate semantic accounts for at least two (kinds of) semantic network formalisms; one, based on the notion of inheritance, one, not. A crucial condition of adequacy to be satisfied is fidelity to some of the intuitions of the creators of the formalisms.

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