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Quantitative and qualitative evaluation of the OntoLearn ontology learning system

By Roberto Navigli and Paola Velardi


Ontology evaluation is a critical task, even more so when the ontology is the output of an automatic system, rather than the result of a conceptualisation effort produced by a team of domain specialists and knowledge engineers. This paper provides an evaluation of the OntoLearn ontology learning system. The proposed evaluation strategy is twofold: first, we provide a detailed quantitative analysis of the ontology learning algorithms, in order to compute the accuracy of OntoLearn under different learning circumstances. Second, we automatically generate natural language descriptions of formal concept specifications, in order to facilitate per-concept qualitative analysis by domain specialists. 1 Evaluating ontologies Automatic methods for ontology learning and population have been proposed in recent literature (e.g. ECAI-2002 and KCAP-2003 workshops1) but a co-related issue then becomes the evaluation of such automatically generated ontologies, not only with the goal of comparing the different approaches (Hovy, 2001) and ontology-based tools (Angele and Sure, 2002), but also to verify whether an automatic process may actually compete with the typically human process of converging on an agreed conceptualization of a given domain. Ontology construction, apart from the technical aspects of a knowledge representation task (i.e. choice of representation languages, consistency and correctness with respect to axioms, etc.), is a consensus building process, one that implies long and often harsh discussions among the specialists of a given domain. Can an automatic method simulate this process? Can we provide domain specialists with a means to measure the adequacy of a specific set of concepts as a model of a give

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Year: 2004
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