The Compound Term Composition Algebra (CTCA) is an algebra with four algebraic operators, whose composition can be used to specify the meaningful (valid) compound terms (conjunctions of terms) in a given faceted taxonomy in an e±cient and flexible manner. The "positive" operations allow the derivation of valid compound terms through the declaration of a small set of valid compound terms. The "negative" operations allow the derivation of valid compound terms through the declaration of a small set of invalid compound terms. In this paper, we formally define the model-theoretic semantics of the operations and the closed-world assumptions adopted in each operation. We prove that CTCA is monotonic with respect to both valid and invalid compound terms, meaning that the valid and invalid compound terms of a subexpression are not invalidated by a larger expression. We show that CTCA cannot be directly represented in Description Logics. However, we show how we could design a metasystem on top of Description Logics in order to implement this algebra.
|Number of pages||27|
|Journal||Journal on Data Semantics|
|Publication status||Published - 2004|
- Faceted Taxonomies
- Description Logics