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The figures in this section illustrate some terms used to describe different parts of an expressionin the discussion of normal forms, the guidance on transforming expressions to normal formsand on testing subsumption and equivalence between expressions.
Figure 12.2-1: Focus concepts and refinementsAs illustrated by Figure 12.2-1, an expressionconsists of one or more conceptIds plus optional refinements. The refinementsmay include any number of attributes. Attributesare expressed as name-value pairs and may apply independently or as part of a group.
The name part of the attribute value pair is a conceptId that refers to a conceptthat names the characteristic that is refined by this attribute. The value part of the attribute value pair is an expression. In simple cases, this is just a conceptId referring to a conceptthat represents the appropriate value for this attribute. However, it may also be a nested expressionas shown in .
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- Table: with ID: expression-nesting-
- Figure: with ID: concept-refinement
- Figure: with ID: nested-expression
- Figure: with ID: context-expression
Figure 12.2-2: Illustration of the names used to refer to parts of a nested expressionThe general pattern shown in Figure 12.2-2 applies to all expressionswhether or not they include context information. Figure 12.2-3 illustrates the specific features of an expressionthat includes a representation of context.
During some stages of processing, the "clinical kernel" is separated from the "nested expression". When separated from its context the "clinical kernel" is the "focus expression" of a context-free expression.
Figure 12.2-3: Illustration of the names used to refer to parts of an expression that represent context