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Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist, 2nd Edition by James Hendler, Dean Allemang

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Modeling for Human Communication

Models used for human communication have a great advantage over models that are intended for use by computers; they can take advantage of the human capacity to interpret signs to give them meaning. This means that communication models can be written in a wide variety of forms, including plain language or ad hoc images. A model can be explained by one person, amended by another, interpreted by a third person, and so on. Models written in natural language have been used in all manner of intellectual life, including science, religion, government, and mathematics.

But this advantage is a double-edged sword; when we leave it to humans to interpret the meaning of a model, we open the door for all manner of abuse, both ...

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