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Theories of ontology lead to improved conceptual models and help ensure they are indeed faithful representations of their focal domains.
The part-of or part-whole construct is a fundamental element of many conceptual modeling grammars that is used to associate one thing (a component) with another thing (a composite). Substantive theoretical issues surrounding the part-whole construct remain to be resolved, however. For instance, contrary to widespread claims, the relationship between… (More)
Using an object or entity class to represent a composite provides straightforward answers, making this approach superior to the use of relationship classes or associations.