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Formalizing botanical taxonomies.

Priss, Uta


Uta Priss


Because botanical taxonomies are prototypical classifications it would seem that it should be easy to formalize them as concept lattices or type hierarchies. On closer inspection, however, one discovers that such a formalization is quite challenging to obtain. First, botanical taxonomies consist of several interrelated hierarchies, such as a specimen-based plant typology, a name hierarchy and a ranking system. Depending on the circumstances each of these can be primary or secondary for the formation of the taxonomy. Second, botanical taxonomies must comply with botanical nomenclature which follows a complicated rule system and is historically grown. Third, it may be difficult to design a formalization that is both mathematically appropriate and has a semantics which matches a taxonomist's intuition. The process of formalizing botanical taxonomies with formal concept analysis methods highlights such problems and can serve as a foundation for solutions.


Priss, U. (2003). Formalizing botanical taxonomies. .

Conference Name Conceptual Structures for Knowledge Creation and Communication. Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Conceptual Structures
Start Date Jul 21, 2003
End Date Jul 25, 2003
Publication Date Jan 1, 2003
Deposit Date Jun 4, 2008
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 309-322
ISBN 978-3-540-40576-4
Keywords Computer software; Botany; Taxonomy; Hierarchical classifications; Priorities; Traditional nomenclature; Intuitive semantics; Formal concept analysis;
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