Category structure of language types common to conceptual modeling languages

Dirk van der Linden, Henderik A. Proper

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Abstract

We investigate the category structure of categories common to conceptual modeling languages (i.e., the types used by languages such as actor, process, goal, or restriction) to study whether they more closely approximate a discrete or graded category. We do this for three distinct groups: students, beginning modelers and experienced modelers. We find that overall most categories exhibit more of a graded structure, with experienced modelers displaying this even more strongly than the other groups. We discuss the consequences of these results for (conceptual) modeling in general, and in particular argue that when a model contains graded categories, it should follow that the (conceptual) validity of instantiations of it should be judged in a graded fashion as well.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnterprise, Business-Process and Information Systems Modeling, 15th International Conference, BPMDS 2014, 19th International Conference, EMMSAD 2014 Held at CAiSE 2014, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer
Pages317-331
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9783662437445
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event15th International Conference on Business Process Modeling, Development and Support, BPMDS 2014 and 19th International Conference on Exploring Modeling Methods for Systems Analysis and Design, EMMSAD 2014 - Thessaloniki, Greece
Duration: 16 Jun 201417 Jun 2014

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
Volume175 LNBIP
ISSN (Print)1865-1348

Conference

Conference15th International Conference on Business Process Modeling, Development and Support, BPMDS 2014 and 19th International Conference on Exploring Modeling Methods for Systems Analysis and Design, EMMSAD 2014
CountryGreece
CityThessaloniki
Period16/06/1417/06/14

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