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public interface Term extends AnnotatableA term in an ontology. This has an
Annotationwhich 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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All Methods Instance Methods Abstract Methods Modifier and Type Method Description
addSynonym(Object synonym)Add a synonym for this term.
getDescription()Return a human-readable description of this term, or the empty string if none is available.
getName()Return the name of this term.
getOntology()Return the ontology in which this term exists.
getSynonyms()Return the synonyms for this term.
removeSynonym(Object synonym)Remove a synonym for this term.
setDescription(String description)set the description of the term;
getDescriptionReturn a human-readable description of this term, or the empty string if none is available.
- the description of the term
void setDescription(String description)set the description of the term;
getOntologyReturn the ontology in which this term exists.
- the ontology
void addSynonym(Object synonym)Add a synonym for this term.
synonym- the synonym