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ActionAn action is a semantic kind, referring to an action (e.g., walking, dancing, buying). The easiest way to think about Things is in the form of verbs.
BeaconA beacon is a reference to a particular data object in Weaviate or inside the knowledge network, this data object in turn has a position in the contextionary. Often defined as follows: weaviate://{peerName}/{semanticKind}/{UUID}
C11yAbbreviation of Contextionary.
ClassA class is a definition of a semantic kind. E.g., the Class Company or the Class Move. In Weaviate, classes can be recognized because they always have a capitalized first character. You can set as many classes with a naming you choose.
ConceptConcepts are related to entities. Often you will use concepts to search in your datasets. If your dataset has data about An Actor with the name Arnold Schwarzenegger and an Actor with the name Al Pacino, the concepts Movie and Terminator will find a closer relation to the first actor rather than the latter.
ContextionaryDerived from dictionary with context. The Contextionary gives context to the language used in the dataset, inspired by the Global Vectors for Word Representation concept. Read more about the Contextionary here.
EntityAn entity refers to something -often- in the world around us. E.g., a Company with the name Apple refers to an entity with a relation to a Product with the name iPhone. Weaviate’s Contextionary tries to find as many entities in your data as possible.
FuzzyOpposed to most other data solutions, Weaviate uses fuzzy logic to interpret a query. The upside of this is that it might find answers to queries where a traditional data solution migth not.
Knowledge NetworkA peer to peer (P2P) network of Weaviates
PropertyAll classes have properties. E.g., the class Company might have the property name. In Weaviate, properties can be recognized because they always have a lowercase first character.
SchemaIn Weaviate, a schema is used to define the types of data you will be adding and querying. You can learn more about it here.
Semantic KindsBecause of Weaviates semantic nature, we make a distinction in semantic kinds. Weaviate distinct two different kinds: Things and Actions. When creating a Weaviate Schema, you need to explain what Semantic Kind a data object entails.
ThingA thing is a semantic kind, referring to an object (e.g., car, rocketship, product). The easiest way to think about Things is in the form of nouns.
Weaviate ClusterA managed Weaviate cluster
Weaviate Cluster Service (WCS)A managed services that hosts Weaviate clusters on the SeMI Network
Weaviate Knowledge Network (WKN)A network of Weaviates
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