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The Semantics of Populations: A City Indicator Perspective

32 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2018 First Look: Accepted

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Mark S. Fox

University of Toronto - Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Abstract

This paper addresses the question of how to represent the semantics of populations. This question is unusual in the sense that statistics is directly concerned with the definition of populations but is essentially silent on the representation of population definitions from a data modelling perspective. The motivation for this work is the development of ontologies for the representation of city indicator definitions. A city indicator measures the performance of a city in areas such as education, transportation and the environment. The definitions of city indicators rely on definitions for populations of people, built form, events, activities, and sensor measurements. This paper provides a model for representing membership extent, temporal extent, spatial extent, and measurement of populations. It demonstrates the approach by representing the definitions of city indicators as defined by ISO 37120, the interpretation of these definitions by cities, and their comparison to ascertain whether a city’s interpretation is consistent with the standard.

Keywords: Population Semantics, Ontology, City Indicators, Consistency Checking

Suggested Citation

Fox, Mark S., The Semantics of Populations: A City Indicator Perspective (January 2018). Journal of Web Semantics First Look. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3199314 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3199314

Mark S. Fox (Contact Author)

University of Toronto - Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering ( email )

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Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G8
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