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Re: Storing data and code in a Db with LISP-like interface

From: Bob Badour <bbadour_at_pei.sympatico.ca>
Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2006 17:13:50 GMT
Message-ID: <ip82g.63747$VV4.1191948@ursa-nb00s0.nbnet.nb.ca>


JOG wrote:

> Bob Badour wrote:
> 

>>Alvin Ryder wrote:
>>
>>>Neo wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>>I believe I have already surpassed RM. And as far as I can
>>>>tell, linked-lists are not even as flexible as RM.
>>>
>>>I agree linked-lists aren't as powerful as the RM but LISP and Prolog
>>>are not merely about lists.
>>>
>>>Both Prolog and LISP can represent information and indeed knowledge
>>>well beyond the RM, that's why they are popular with the ai community!
>>
>>Given the standard definitions of information and knowledge, that's a
>>rather astounding claim. Do you have anything that might back it up?
> 
> 
> Prolog models a greater subset of predicate logic than relational
> theory due to its inclusion of negation and disjunction. As such it has
> been traditional popular in classic-AI as the basis of inference
> engines. Whether this allows it to offer a better representation of
> 'knowledge' is up for debate.

It would be a short debate. The standard definitions define data as that subset of information represented suitably for machine processing, making knowledge that subset of information lacking such suitable representation.

I direct you to Dijkstra's famous quote regarding submarines.

Are you suggesting that NOT is not negation or that OR is not disjunction? I am curious what basis you think you have for the astounding statement: "Prolog models a greater subset of predicate logic than relational theory due to its inclusion of negation and disjunction." Received on Fri Apr 21 2006 - 12:13:50 CDT

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