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A Visual Representation of Part-Whole Relationships in BFO-Conformant Ontologies

In the graphical representation of ontologies, in particular for part-whole relationships, it is customary to use graph theory as the representational background. We claim here that the standard graph-based approach has a number of limitations, and because of that we propose a better way to represent part_whole structures for ontologies developed in accordance with the Basic Formal Ontology, one that will reduce visual pollution and ground part_whole on a more rigorous visual representation. The experiments we carried out indicate we achieved the stated benefits.


Jose M Parente de Oliveira    
Aeronautics Institute of Technology

Smith Barry    
New York State University at Buffalo
United States


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