Formal Modeling of Medical Concept Systems Considering Part-Whole Relations
Conventional medical classification systems are monolithic and are lacking multiple views on concepts through the strictly mono-hierarchical organisation imposed by hierarchical coding. The only conventional way for reuse and multiple classification is by a multi-axial design. Formal concept representation and classification in medicine is a strategic approach for overcoming these problems. This paper identifies the major principles of subordination in conventional medical classification systems and outlines how these principles can be modeled through formal concept representation considering both subsumption and partwhole relation.
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