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Subject: Contradicting a PSI


The phrase "contradicting a PSI" was used several times today in our 
conference call and I wanted to make sure I was understanding it (as 

 From what I gathered from the discussion, to "contradict" a PSI means 
to use it for a subject(mySubject) that is different (however great or 
small the difference) from the PSI subject?

When I hear "contradict," I take it in the sense of denial, "the earth 
is flat," which I would "contradict" in the sense of denying the truth 
of that statement.

What I take to be the meaning of "contradict a PSI" is that I have 
identified a subject using that PSI, that is in fact not the subject 
(however close or far apart) of the PSI.

I suppose that is contradiction if you say it that way but it is not 
what automatically comes to mind.

More a case of mis-identification if I have one subject and choose a PSI 
that represents another subject to represent the subject I am talking 

Not a big issue but one where I think we need to be careful in 
explaining how we are using the term "contradiction."

Hope everyone is having a great day!


Patrick Durusau
Director of Research and Development
Society of Biblical Literature
Chair, V1 - Text Processing: Office and Publishing Systems Interface
Co-Editor, ISO 13250, Topic Maps -- Reference Model

Topic Maps: Human, not artificial, intelligence at work!

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