Results with Formal Concept Analysis

Results with Formal Concept Analysis

Peter Busch (Macquarie University, Australia)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 27
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-501-6.ch010
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Abstract

Chapter V provided some introduction to formal concept analysis through the visualization of biographical results from the tacit knowledge questionnaire. The attention now turns to the strength of using FCA by examining the tacit knowledge inventory results which are one of the two major underpinnings of this work. To remind the reader, FCA had its beginnings at the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany, and was the work of Professor Rudolf Wille. Formal Concept Analysis is a means of illustrating via a lattice like structure all sorts of information in virtually any discipline. The lattice-like structure illustrates relationships between objects (typically any type of noun), and their corresponding attributes (typically any kind of adjective). Through connecting these “concepts” together, sense is gained for the body of knowledge dealt with. The application of FCA to questionnaire results is rare but not unheard of, but its application to better understanding tacit knowledge is.

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