[Taxacom] Revision using taxonomic concept approach

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Thu Oct 22 18:07:30 CDT 2015


A potential problem is that "more readable by machine" might equate to "less readable by human", and humans are the intended reader! Perhaps the tags intended to make it more readable by machine should be rendered invisible to the human reader?

Stephen


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On Fri, 23/10/15, Nico Franz <nico.franz at asu.edu> wrote:

 Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Revision using taxonomic concept approach
 To: "Stephen Thorpe" <stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz>
 Cc: "TAXACOM" <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
 Received: Friday, 23 October, 2015, 12:00 PM
 
 Thank you,
 Stephen.
    Yes, that
 (yours) would be a more "normalized" syntax, which
 assumes a slightly more clever string parsing/reassembly
 process. A point here was to do things very rigidly and
 consistently so that as little as possible is assumed
 regarding an interpreter's ability to correctly process
 the syntax. If a machine isolated every bit of taxonomic
 information by the corresponding and consistently
 spelled-out taxonomic concept label, almost everything
 should land in such a narrow information bin. The RCC-5
 articulations reconnect the bins semantically.
    See also: http://biorxiv.org/content/early/2015/07/10/022145
 Best, Nico
 
 On Thu, Oct 22, 2015 at
 1:19 PM, Stephen Thorpe <stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz>
 wrote:
 Looking
 at this sentence from the abstract:
 
 
 
 'Prior to this study, Minyomerus sec. O’Brien &
 Wibmer (1982) contained seven species, whereas the monotypic
 Piscatopus sec. O’Brien & Wibmer (1982) was comprised
 solely of P. griseus Sleeper, 1960 sec. O’Brien &
 Wibmer (1982)'.
 
 
 
 Surely, this is just an overly complicated way of saying:
 
 
 
 'Prior to this study, Minyomerus contained seven
 species, whereas the monotypic Piscatopus was comprised
 solely of P. griseus Sleeper, 1960 (O’Brien & Wibmer,
 1982)'.
 
 
 
 Where the O’Brien & Wibmer, 1982 citation in
 parenthesis is just a regular citation for the information
 expressed in the sentence.
 
 
 
 Stephen
 



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