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Name DisjointnessOfComplement (DOC)
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SubmittedBy CatherineRoussey, OscarCorcho


Motivation We have identified a set of patterns that are commonly used by domain experts in their DL formalisations and OWL implementations, and that normally result in unsatisfiable classes or modelling errors. As aforementioned all these antipatterns come from a misuse and misunderstanding of DL expressions by ontology developers. Thus they are all Logical AntiPatterns (LAP): they are independent from a specific domain of interest, but dependent on the expressivity of the logical formalism used for the representation.
Aim The ontology developer may want to say that C1 and C2 cannot share instances, instead of defining C1 as the logical negation of C2. Hence it could be more appropriate to state that C1 and C2 are disjoint.
Solution description C1 isEquivalentTo not C2

should be replace by C1 disjointWith C2

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Problem example Salt_Lagoon isEquivalentTo not Fresh_Waters

see concept Laguna_Salada in Hydrontology

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Review article Posted on About revision (current is 9703)
AlessandroAdamou about DisjointnessOfComplement (DOC) 24550838 September 2009 55975,597
MathieuDAquin about DisjointnessOfComplement (DOC) 24550838 September 2009 57165,716
GerdGroener about DisjointnessOfComplement (DOC) 245508510 September 2009 57805,780

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