AAAI Publications, Twenty-Fourth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence

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Ontologies and Representations of Matter
Ernest Davis

Last modified: 2010-07-03


We carry out a comparative study of the expressive power of different ontologies of matter in terms of the ease with which simple physical knowledge can be represented. In particular, we consider five ontologies of models of matter: particle models, fields, two ontologies for continuous material, and a hybrid model. We evaluate these in terms of how easily eleven benchmark physical laws and scenarios can be represented.


qualitative physical reasoning; commonsense reasoning; ontology of matter

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