Re: associations defined in a metamodel

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From: Andy Evans (
Date: Wed 15 May 2002 - 17:05:03 BST


It depends what you mean by instantiated!

Do you mean:

1) An instance of the meta class association, association end, etc.


2) An instance in the sense of links, link ends, etc. (i.e. the semantic domain
of an association)

If the latter, then there is no similar concept to multiplicity in the semantic
domain. Rather, there is a check made that the number of links between
objects conforms to the multiplicity of the association ends.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Simona Bernardi" <>
To: <>; <>
Sent: Wednesday, May 15, 2002 4:45 PM
Subject: associations defined in a metamodel

> Hello,
> I have a question about how associations defined in a UML meta-model are
> instantiated.
> What happens to the multiplicities of an association  defined between
> two meta-classes ?
> For example an association  "ass" is defined between two metaclasses A
> and B,
> with multiplicity * (not explicitly defined):
>         ass
> |A| -----> |B|
>           *
> An instantiated model can be made of  a class A' (instance of the
> metaclass A)
> and a class B' (instance of B) and relation ass' between A' and B'.
> Does the multiplicity of ass' have to be a specific number or it can
> still remain unspecified with "*" ?
> Thanks,
> Simona.
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