Formalizing botanical taxonomies.

Priss, Uta (2003) Formalizing botanical taxonomies. In: Conceptual Structures for Knowledge Creation and Communication. Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Conceptual Structures, 21st - 25th July 2003, Dresden, Germany.

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Because botanical taxonomies are prototypical classifications it would seem that it should be easy to formalize them as concept lattices or type hierarchies. On closer inspection, however, one discovers that such a formalization is quite challenging to obtain. First, botanical taxonomies consist of several interrelated hierarchies, such as a specimen-based plant typology, a name hierarchy and a ranking system. Depending on the circumstances each of these can be primary or secondary for the formation of the taxonomy. Second, botanical taxonomies must comply with botanical nomenclature which follows a complicated rule system and is historically grown. Third, it may be difficult to design a formalization that is both mathematically appropriate and has a semantics which matches a taxonomist's intuition. The process of formalizing botanical taxonomies with formal concept analysis methods highlights such problems and can serve as a foundation for solutions.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Print ISSN: 0302-9473
ISBN: 978-3-540-40576-4
Additional Information: In: Moor, Aldo de; Lex, Wilfried; Ganter, Bernhard (Eds.) Lecture Notes in Computer Science , Vol. LNAI 2746. (Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence). Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 2003. XI,405pp.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Computer software; Botany; Taxonomy; Hierarchical classifications; Priorities; Traditional nomenclature; Intuitive semantics; Formal concept analysis;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 005 Computer programming, programs & data
500 Science > 580 Plants (Botany) > 581 Specific topics in natural history
Library of Congress Subjects: Q Science > QK Botany
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Item ID: 1801
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2008 13:56
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2008 13:56

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