Metric Ontologies

  • Dean S. HartleyIII
Part of the Understanding Complex Systems book series (UCS)


The Element classes, Actor, Action, and Environment, are relatively accessible, corresponding to nouns, verbs, and more nouns, respectively. Many have concrete referents and almost all refer to things or concepts that are part of everyday life. The Metric classes are a little less user-friendly, but are still components of the situation-independent part of the Unconventional Conflict Ontology. They contain the information about the state of the element classes to which they are connected, putting them at a remove from everyday concepts. The Metric classes have similarities to adjectives and adverbs that modify the nouns and verbs that comprise the Elements.


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  • Dean S. HartleyIII
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  1. 1.Hartley ConsultingOak RidgeUSA

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