Interface Term

  • All Superinterfaces:
    All Known Subinterfaces:
    OntologyTerm, RemoteTerm, Triple, Variable
    All Known Implementing Classes:
    AbstractTerm, IntegerOntology.IntTerm, OntologyTerm.Impl, RemoteTerm.Impl, Term.Impl, Triple.Impl, Variable.Impl

    public interface Term
    extends Annotatable
    A term in an ontology. This has an Annotation which can be used for storing additional human-displayable information. It is strongly recommended that the Annotation is not used for any machine-readable data -- this should be represented by relations in the ontology instead.

    Terms are things that represent things. They are the same sort of thing as a Java object or a prolog atom. A sub-set of terms are themselves relations. This means that they are used to describe associations between pairs of terms. Since all terms can be described, it is possible (and indeed encouraged) to describe relations. As a minimum, you should consider saying if they are identity or partial order relations, or if they are transitive, reflexive, symmetrical, anti-symmetrical or anything else you know about them. This gives the inference engine some chance of working out what is going on.

    Thomas Down, Matthew Pocock
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    • Method Detail

      • getName

        String getName()
        Return the name of this term.
        the name of the term
      • getDescription

        String getDescription()
        Return a human-readable description of this term, or the empty string if none is available.
        the description of the term
      • setDescription

        void setDescription​(String description)
        set the description of the term;
        description -
      • getOntology

        Ontology getOntology()
        Return the ontology in which this term exists.
        the ontology
      • getSynonyms

        Object[] getSynonyms()
        Return the synonyms for this term.
        the synonyms
      • addSynonym

        void addSynonym​(Object synonym)
        Add a synonym for this term.
        synonym - the synonym
      • removeSynonym

        void removeSynonym​(Object synonym)
        Remove a synonym for this term.
        synonym -