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  1. OMG Issue

SBVR16 — Use of 'Classifies'

  • Key: SBVR16-62
  • Legacy Issue Number: 19902
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Trisotech ( Mr. Ron Ross)
  • Summary:


    1. By my count, the verb "classifies" appears 8 times in SBVR in stylized font, indicating there should be a defined verb concept for it. However, I do not find one.

    2. These 8 instances do not appear to me to necessarily conform to a single meaning. They should be reviewed if kept in stylized font.

    3. Issue 15-28 (was 19631) "Definition of 'categorization scheme contains category'" addressed a minor wording improvement for this verb concept. It has been noted that "divides" in that definition should probably be replaced by "classifies". However, that point was deferred to this new issue.


    In SBVR, “classification” is a relationship between two concepts. That meaning is generally not what 'classification' means in natural language. Any formal definition of "classifies" should align itself with the existing meaning of "classification". Doing so, however, is likely to result in further misinterpretations.


    1. Remove the styling from the 8 existing uses of 'classifies'.

    2. Change "divides" in the definition of "categorization scheme contains category" to "classifies" (unstyled).

  • Reported: SBVR 1.4 — Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:00 GMT
  • Updated: Tue, 9 Jul 2019 14:49 GMT