I am looking at a modelling tool and are trying to determine all the types of ways that you can model (at a rudimentary level)

I remember seeing a list of ways in which you can connect or categorise information elements. basically the types were as follows:

  • Lists - constitute a list of information elements

  • Hierarchies- visualise information in a parent-child relationship (ie organisational chart)

  • Flows - connect elements in a logical (lateral) flow (ie process model)

    Have you seen any reference to these types, or can you elaborate on the full list of "model types"


Model theory, branch of mathematical logic, is based on three things: atoms, functions, and relations. With these you can define pretty much anything. In fact, functions are subsumed by relations, so you only need two.

What is a list but a next relation? What is a hierarchy but a parent-child relation?

Of course these satisfy axioms, and these can readily be expressed in first order logic.

  • $\begingroup$ Ok, i see your point, closely related would be the semantic web's OWL standard depicting classes, properties and relationships, however i would like to categorise the visual structures of those classes into a basic list of visualisation types (ie, non-related classes can only be represented in a list), classes relating in a parent-child manner would best be demonstrated using a hierarchy model...etc $\endgroup$ – Hightower Aug 14 '12 at 16:59

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