Logical Representation
Mathematical logic requires that certain strong conditions be satisfied
by the data being
represented:
- Discrete Objects: The objects represented must be discrete
individuals: people, trucks, but not 1000 gallons of gasoline.
- Truth or Falsity: Propositions must be
entirely true or entirely false; inaccuracy or
degrees of belief are not representable.
- Non-Contradiction: Not only must data not be contradictory,
but facts derivable by rules must not contradict.
These strict requirements give logic its power, but make it difficult
to use for many practical
applications.
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