The space within fisherman's folly: Playing with a puzzle in mereotopology

Paulo E. Santos, Pedro Cabalar

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In this paper we propose a spatial ontology for reasoning about holes, rigid objects and a string, taking a classical puzzle as a motivating example. In this ontology the domain is composed of spatial regions whereby a theory about holes is defined over a mereotopological basis. Within this theory we define a data structure, named chain, that facilitates a clear and efficient representation of the puzzle states and its solution.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)47-64
Number of pages18
JournalSpatial Cognition and Computation
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Commonsense reasoning
  • Qualitative spatial reasoning


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