Generic frame

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generic frame

A frame that serves as a template for building instance frames. For example, a generic frame might describe the "elephant" concept in general, giving defaults for various elephant features (number of legs, ears, presence of trunk and tusks, colour, size, weight, habitat, membership of the class of mammals, etc.), which an instance frame would describe a particular elephant, say "Dumbo", who might have a missing tusk and who would thus have the default for number of tusks overridden by specifically setting number of tusks to 1. Instance frames are said to inherit their slots from the generic frame used to create them. Generic frames may also inherit slots from other generic frames of which they are a subconcept (as with mammal and elephant - elephant inherits all the properties of mammal that are encoded in the mammal generic frame - warm blood, bear young alive, etc.)

Source : UNWS AI dictionary