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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"

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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.

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  • $\begingroup$ 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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