SNOMED CT ’ s Ontological Commitment

  title={SNOMED CT ’ s Ontological Commitment},
  author={Stefan Schulz and Ronald Cornet},
SNOMED CT is a clinical terminology that describes the meaning of terms by logical axioms. This requires an ontological commitment, i.e. precise agreements about the ontological nature of the entities referred to. We provide evidence that SNOMED implicitly supports at least three different kinds of commitments, viz. (i) independently existing entities, (ii) representational artifacts, and (iii) clinical situations. Our analysis shows how the truthvalue of a sentence changes according to one of… CONTINUE READING