An Example of Structural Analogy

  • Aletta E. Geldenhuys
  • Hendrik O. van Rooyen
  • Franz Stetter
Part of the The Kluwer International Series in Engineering and Computer Science book series (SECS, volume 506)


We begin with some general remarks that follow from CRKS theory, including a tentative description of the notion of similarity. We then present a CRKS description of some of the structural properties of the set of displacements in a plane, and show how isomorphism can be used to predict properties of the set of all triples of real numbers. In each structure we start with an observed cluster. Next we present a CRKS description of the structural properties, and some simple theorems, of a group, showing, in the process, how some of this data can be isomorphically abstracted from the “common ground” of the displacements and triples structures. We then show how a CRKS can be used to display each of three simple proofs in group theory.


Structural Analogy Knowledge Representation Inverse Property Association Property Substitution Property 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Aletta E. Geldenhuys
    • 1
  • Hendrik O. van Rooyen
    • 2
  • Franz Stetter
    • 3
  1. 1.Boston Business CollegeUSA
  2. 2.University of South AfricaSouth Africa
  3. 3.Universität MannheimGermany

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