Property List Representation

Lisp provides for every symbol a property list that associates named properties with the symbol:

PRESIDENT ----------->  BUSH
|                      |
| DUTIES (CINC ...)    | WIFE --->   LAURA
|                      |              |
| ...                  | AGE  57      | ...

This mechanism has several advantages:

  1. New properties can be added at any time; there is no need to pre-declare properties.

  2. Only those properties needed for each individual object need to be stored.

  3. A property can have a single value or a list of values associated with it.

Property lists are a natural mechanism to use in implementing semantic networks.

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