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Type Conference or Workshop Paper
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
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Title Imprecise RDQL: Towards Generic Retrieval in Ontologies Using Similarity Joins
Organization Unit
  • Abraham Bernstein
  • Christoph Kiefer
Item Subtype Original Work
Refereed Yes
Status Published in final form
Event Title 21th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (ACM SAC 2006)
Place of Publication New York, NY, USA
Publisher ACM
Abstract Text Traditional semantic web query languages support a logic-based access to the semantic web. They offer a retrieval (or reasoning) of data based on facts. On the traditional web and in databases, however, exact querying often provides an incomplete answer as queries are over-specified or the mix of multiple ontologies/modelling differences requires ``interpretational flexibility.'' Therefore, similarity measures or ranking approaches are frequently used to extend the reach of a query. This paper extends this idea to the semantic web. It introduces iRDQL---a semantic web query language with support for similarity joins. It is an extension of RDQL (RDF Data Query Language) that enables its users to query for similar resources ranking the results using a similarity measure. We show how iRDQL allows to extend the reach of a query by finding additional results. We quantitatively evaluated four similarity measures for their usefulness in iRDQL in the context of an OWL-S semantic web service retrieval test collection and compared the results to a specialized OWL-S matchmaker. Initial results of using iRDQL indicate that it is indeed useful for extending the reach of queries and that it is able to improve recall without overly sacrificing precision. We also found that our generic iRDQL approach was only slightly outperformed by the specialized algorithm.
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