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A Scheme for Integrating Concrete Domains into Concept Languages
, 1991
"... A drawback which concept languages based on klone have is that all the terminological knowledge has to be defined on an abstract logical level. In many applications, one would like to be able to refer to concrete domains and predicates on these domains when defining concepts. Examples for such conc ..."
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A drawback which concept languages based on klone have is that all the terminological knowledge has to be defined on an abstract logical level. In many applications, one would like to be able to refer to concrete domains and predicates on these domains when defining concepts. Examples for such concrete domains are the integers, the real numbers, or also nonarithmetic domains, and predicates could be equality, inequality, or more complex predicates. In the present paper we shall propose a scheme for integrating such concrete domains into concept languages rather than describing a particular extension by some specific concrete domain. We shall define a terminological and an assertional language, and consider the important inference problems such as subsumption, instantiation, and consistency. The formal semantics as well as the reasoning algorithms are given on the scheme level. In contrast to existing klone based systems, these algorithms will be not only sound but also complete. The...
Tableau Algorithms for Description Logics
 STUDIA LOGICA
, 2000
"... Description logics are a family of knowledge representation formalisms that are descended from semantic networks and frames via the system Klone. During the last decade, it has been shown that the important reasoning problems (like subsumption and satisfiability) in a great variety of descriptio ..."
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Description logics are a family of knowledge representation formalisms that are descended from semantic networks and frames via the system Klone. During the last decade, it has been shown that the important reasoning problems (like subsumption and satisfiability) in a great variety of description logics can be decided using tableaulike algorithms. This is not very surprising since description logics have turned out to be closely related to propositional modal logics and logics of programs (such as propositional dynamic logic), for which tableau procedures have been quite successful. Nevertheless, due to different underlying intuitions and applications, most description logics differ significantly from runofthemill modal and program logics. Consequently, the research on tableau algorithms in description logics led to new techniques and results, which are, however, also of interest for modal logicians. In this article, we will focus on three features that play an important role in description logics (number restrictions, terminological axioms, and role constructors), and show how they can be taken into account by tableau algorithms.
Decidable reasoning in terminological knowledge representation systems
 Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research
, 1993
"... Terminological Knowledge Representation Systems (TKRSs) are tools for designing and using knowledge bases that make use of terminological languages (or concept languages). The TKRS we consider in this paper is of practical interest since it goes beyond the capabilities of presently available TKRSs. ..."
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Terminological Knowledge Representation Systems (TKRSs) are tools for designing and using knowledge bases that make use of terminological languages (or concept languages). The TKRS we consider in this paper is of practical interest since it goes beyond the capabilities of presently available TKRSs. First, our TKRS is equipped with a highly expressive concept, language, called ALCNR, including general complements of concepts, number restrictions and role conjunction. Second, it allows one to express inclusion statements between general concepts, in particular to express terminological cycles. We provide a sound, complete and terminating calculus for reasoning in ALCNRknowledge bases based on the general technique of constraint systems.
On the Relative Expressiveness of Description Logics and Predicate Logics
 ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE JOURNAL
, 1996
"... It is natural to view concept and role definitions in Description Logics as expressing monadic and dyadic predicates in Predicate Calculus. We show that the descriptions built using the constructors usually considered in the DL literature are characterized exactly as the predicates definable by form ..."
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It is natural to view concept and role definitions in Description Logics as expressing monadic and dyadic predicates in Predicate Calculus. We show that the descriptions built using the constructors usually considered in the DL literature are characterized exactly as the predicates definable by formulas in ¨L³, the subset of First Order Predicate Calculus with monadic and dyadic predicates which allows only three variable symbols. In order to handle “number bounds”, we allow numeric quantifiers, and for transitive closure of roles we use infinitary disjunction. Using previous results in the literature concerning languages with limited numbers of variables, we get as corollaries the existence of formulae of FOPC which cannot be expressed as descriptions. We also show that by omitting role composition, descriptions express exactly the formulae in ¨L², which is known to be decidable.
Description Logics For Conceptual Data Modeling
, 1998
"... The article aims at establishing a logical approach to classbased data modeling. After a discussion on classbased formalisms for data modeling, we introduce a family of logics, called Description Logics, which stem from research on Knowledge Representation in Arti cial Intelligence. The logics ..."
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The article aims at establishing a logical approach to classbased data modeling. After a discussion on classbased formalisms for data modeling, we introduce a family of logics, called Description Logics, which stem from research on Knowledge Representation in Arti cial Intelligence. The logics of this family are particularly well suited for specifying data classes and relationships among classes, and are equipped with both formal semantics and inference mechanisms. We demonstrate that several popular data modeling formalisms, including the EntityRelationship Model, and the most common variants of objectoriented data models, can be expressed in terms of speci c logics of the family. For this purpose we use a unifying Description Logic, which incorporates all the features needed for the logical reformulation of the data models used in the various contexts. We also discuss the problem of devising reasoning procedures for the unifying formalism, and show that they provide valuable supports for several important data modeling activities.
The DARPA Knowledge Sharing Effort: Progress Report
 PRINCIPLES OF KNOWLEDGE REPRESENTATION AND REASONING: PROCEEDINGS OF THE THIRD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE (KR92
, 1998
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Computing Least Common Subsumers in Description Logics with Existential Restrictions
, 1999
"... Computing the least common subsumer (lcs) is an inference task that can be used to support the "bottomup " construction of knowledge bases for KR systems based on description logics. Previous work on how to compute the lcs has concentrated on description logics that allow for univ ..."
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Computing the least common subsumer (lcs) is an inference task that can be used to support the &quot;bottomup &quot; construction of knowledge bases for KR systems based on description logics. Previous work on how to compute the lcs has concentrated on description logics that allow for universal value restrictions, but not for existential restrictions. The main new contribution of this paper is the treatment of description logics with existential restrictions. Our approach for computing the lcs is based on an appropriate representation of concept descriptions by certain trees, and a characterization of subsumption by homomorphisms between these trees. The lcs operation then corresponds to the product operation on trees.