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5.4.2 Representing scientific discourse relations

Contrary to the organisational relations, the scientific discourse relations did cause problems in the modularisation process. These problems were not unexpected: it is already pointed out in [Trigg, 1983] that it is difficult to characterise links in an informative and yet consistent way. In some cases, a particular link type can be assigned unambiguously, but in other cases no link type seems applicable, or a mix of most types. Because these types of relations are more difficult to identify in the empirical analysis, their definition in the modular model, which has been developed using that empirical analysis, is also rather tentative.