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Structured Contexts with Lightweight Ontology

MIT Sloan Research Paper No. 4620-06

CISL Working Paper No. 2006-05

7 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2006  

Hongwei (Harry) Zhu

University of Massachusetts Lowell; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Old Dominion University

Stuart Madnick

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management

Date Written: May 2006

Abstract

One of the challenges of dealing with multiple contexts is the significant effort required to provide all necessary lifting rules so that statements in one context can be viewed and understood in other contexts. In this paper, we introduce the notion of structured contexts, where a lightweight ontology is used to provide a structure for representing contexts. With structured contexts, specialized inference algorithms can be used to significantly reduce the number of lifting rules required. We use a semantic data integration example to illustrate the concept of structured contexts and the benefits of this novel use of lightweight ontology.

Keywords: structured contexts, lightweight ontology

Suggested Citation

Zhu, Hongwei (Harry) and Madnick, Stuart, Structured Contexts with Lightweight Ontology (May 2006). MIT Sloan Research Paper No. 4620-06; CISL Working Paper No. 2006-05. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=926605 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.926605

Hongwei Zhu

Old Dominion University ( email )

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) ( email )

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Stuart Madnick (Contact Author)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management ( email )

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Cambridge, MA 02142
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