Probabilistic Models for the Semantic Web: A Survey

Probabilistic Models for the Semantic Web: A Survey

Livia Predoiu (University of Mannheim, Germany) and Heiner Stuckenschmidt (University of Mannheim, Germany)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 33
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-982-3.ch102
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Recently, there has been an increasing interest in formalisms for representing uncertain information on the Semantic Web. This interest is triggered by the observation that knowledge on the web is not always crisp and we have to be able to deal with incomplete, inconsistent and vague information. The treatment of this kind of information requires new approaches for knowledge representation and reasoning on the web as existing Semantic Web languages are based on classical logic which is known to be inadequate for representing uncertainty in many cases. While different general approaches for extending Semantic Web languages with the ability to represent uncertainty are explored, we focus our attention on probabilistic approaches. We survey existing proposals for extending semantic web languages or formalisms underlying Semantic Web languages in terms of their expressive power, reasoning capabilities as well as their suitability for supporting typical tasks associated with the Semantic Web

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