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   RE: [xml-dev] A Few Thoughts on an Ontology as a Self Organizing System

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Self-modifying code is notoriously unreliable.

The system isn't completely insular.  There is no 
such thing as a completely open or completely closed 
system (no, not even black holes).  Energy leaks.

An evolving ontology is a lattice of word senses 
that can modify any property of the ontology.  This 
does not mean modifying the value of a property, but 
adding and removing properties.  For any property 
added or removed, a new ontology or sense is created 
and there can be infinitely many of these.  Because 
an infinite number may be countable but is for 
practical purposes, not addressable, evolving systems 
exhibit a property of locality.  Measures that 
determine the membership or values of properties 
are local to that system.  Such definitions require selectors 
or intelligent observers, and as a result, are 
not closed.  They are interactive.  Otherwise, 
the devolve to entropy.

Controls are emergent.  At the end of your thought 
experiments, you will take data-driven GUIs much 
more seriously as well as their effect on the 
intelligent selector (the observer, aka, the 
human or other sensing device).


-----Original Message-----
From: Roger L. Costello [mailto:costello@mitre.org]

How can we create an ontology that evolves?


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