Axiomathes

, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 379–394 | Cite as

Ontological Aspects of Measurement

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Abstract

The concept of measurement is fundamental to a whole range of different disciplines, including not only the natural and engineering sciences, but also laboratory medicine and certain branches of the social sciences. This being the case, the concept of measurement has a particular relevance to the development of top-level ontologies in the area of knowledge engineering. For this reason, the present paper is concerned with ontological aspects of measurement. We are searching for a list of concepts that are apt to characterize measurement methods in a general manner. To establish such means of characterization, we will primarily deal with the semantics of measurement values.

Keywords

Formal ontology Measurement theory Metrization 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.IMISEUniversity of LeipzigLeipzigGermany
  2. 2.Institute of PhilosophyUniversity of BonnBonnGermany

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