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Representing part-whole relations in conceptual modelling : a comparison of object-oriented and entity relationship modellers
conference contributionposted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by G Shanks, Elizabeth TansleyElizabeth Tansley, S Milton, S Howard
The idea that one thing may be part of another thing seems fundamental to the way humans perceive and understand phenomena. Part-whole (or meronymic) relations have been of interest to philosophers concerned with ontology (eg. Bunge, 1977; Weber, 1997; Chisholm, 1996) and psychologists concerned with human cognition (eg. Winston et aI., 1987).