[Crm-sig] subproperty - superproperty

Nicholas Crofts nickcrofts at yahoo.com
Tue Jun 12 17:32:06 EEST 2007

Dear all,
  IMHO yes, you can indeed have instances of Pa:Ek <--> El that are not instances of Pb.
  An example : The current or previous location (P53) of a material object (E19) isn't necessarily an instance of current location (P55). 

Christian-Emil Ore <c.e.s.ore at edd.uio.no> wrote:
  Dear all,
I may well be blind, but I cannot find the following specified in the 

Assume we have four class (could be two) Ei, Ej, Ek, El and two 
properties Pa, Pb

Ek is a sub class of Ei
El is a sub class of Ej

Pa: Ei <-> Ej
Pb: Ek <-> El

which can be illustrated by the diagram

Ei <----> Ej
| | |
| | |
| | |
Ek <----> El

It is clear that each instance of a Pb will be a Pa when seen as a 
property on the superclass level. That is ordinary object orientedness 
and well documented in the crm standard.

Since Ek and El are subclasses of Ei and Ej, the properties between Ei 
and Ej, that is, Pa will also be a property between Ek and El. However, 
can there exist an instance of Pa:Ek <--> El that is not an instance of Pb?

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