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Conceptual Structures in Practice

1st Edition

Edited by Pascal Hitzler, Henrik Scharfe

Chapman and Hall/CRC

425 pages | 143 B/W Illus.

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Exploring fundamental research questions, Conceptual Structures in Practice takes you through the basic yet nontrivial task of establishing conceptual relations as the foundation for research in knowledge representation and knowledge mining. It includes contributions from leading researchers in both the conceptual graph and formal concept analysis (FCA) communities.

This accessible, self-contained book begins by providing the formal background in FCA and conceptual graphs. It then describes various software tools for analysis and computation, including the ToscanaJ suite. Written by the original visionaries of the field, the next section discusses the history and future directions of conceptual structures. The final chapters explore prominent application areas in computer science, including text analysis, web semantics, and intelligent systems.

An unprecedented, state-of-the-art overview from innovators in the field, this volume discusses how FCA and conceptual graphs can be used in many computer science areas. It serves as a benchmark of research on conceptual structures, inspiring further exploration in this discipline.

Table of Contents


A Brief Introduction to Formal Concept Analysis

Markus Krötzsch and Bernhard Ganter


Contexts and Concepts

From Contexts to Concept Lattices

The Logic of Attributes

Attribute Exploration

Summary and Outlook

Formal Logic with Conceptual Graphs

Frithjof Dau


Short Introduction to Conceptual Graphs

Conceptual Graphs from a Formal Point of View

The General Approach for Formal Logic with Conceptual Graphs

Different Forms of Conceptual Graphs

Further Literature


Software Tools for Formal Concept Analysis

Peter Becker and Joachim Hereth Correia


The ConExp Concept Explorer


The ToscanaJ Suite


Related Work

Student Projects

Efficient Computation with Conceptual Graphs

Galia Angelova



Construction of Compact FSA-Based Encoding of the Knowledge Base

Experimental Assessment of Conceptual Data Compression


Student Projects


Conceptual Graphs for Representing Conceptual Structures

John F. Sowa

Representing Conceptual Structures

Toward a Natural Logic

A Moving Picture of Thought

Representing Natural Language Semantics

Ongoing Research

Appendix: The Common Logic Standard

Formal Concept Analysis and Contextual Logic

Rudolf Wille

The Birth of Formal Concept Analysis

The Mathematics of Formal Concept Analysis

Applications of Formal Concept Analysis

Contextual Concept Logic

Contextual Judgment Logic

Text Analysis

Linguistic Data Exploration

Uta Priss


Modeling Semantic Relations

Deriving Lattices from Lexical Databases and Corpora

Student Projects

Ontology Learning Using Corpus-Derived Formal Contexts

Philipp Cimiano


Formal Concept Analysis for Ontology Learning from Text

Related Work


Student Projects

Web Semantics

A Lexico-Logical Approach to Ontology Engineering

Sebastian Rudolph and Johanna Völker



Lexical and Logical Knowledge Acquisition

Relational Exploration

An Integrated Approach to Ontology Refinement

Implementation and Example

Conclusion and Outlook

Student Projects

Faceted Document Navigation

Jon Ducrou and Peter Eklund


The Email Domain and Formal Concept Analysis: MailSleuth

Navigating Images Using Formal Concept Analysis: ImageSleuth

Conclusion and Summary

Student Projects

Optimizing Social Software System Design

Aldo de Moor


Social Software: From Tools to Systems

A Conceptual Model of Functionality Matching in Collaborative Communities

The Functionality Matching Process

Discussion and Conclusion

Student Projects

Intelligent Systems

Semantic Annotations and Localization of Resources with Labeled Graphs

Michel Chein


An Annotation Language

Construction of Annotations

Search Methods


Student Projects

An Overview of Amine

Adil Kabbaj


Amine Architecture

Ontology and KB Layers

Algebraic Layer

Memory-Based Inference and Learning Strategies Layer

Programming Layer

Multi-Agents Layer

Amine as an IDE for Symbolic Programming

Amine as an IDE for Intelligent System Programming: Natural Language Processing with Prolog+CG as an Example

Amine as an IDE for Intelligent Agents Programming and Multi-Agents Systems (MAS)

Related Work

Future Work

Student Projects


Active Knowledge Systems

Harry S. Delugach

What Is an Active Knowledge System?

Grounding a Knowledge Model

Applications of Active Knowledge Systems


Student Projects

About the Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Database Management / Data Mining
COMPUTERS / Software Development & Engineering / Systems Analysis & Design