Knowledge Systems Laboratory
Abstract: Towards Explaining Semantic Matching
Interoperability among systems using different term vocabularies
requires mappings between them. Matching
applications generate these mappings. When the matching process utilizes term meaning
(instead of simply relying on syntax), we refer to the process as semantic matching.
If users are to use the results of matching
applications, they need information about the mappings. They need
access to the sources that were used to determine relations between
terms and potentially they need to understand how deductions are performed.
In this paper, we discuss our approach to explaining semantic
matching. Our initial work uses a satisfiability-based approach to
determine subsumption and semantic matches and uses the Inference
Web and its OWL encoding of the proof markup language to explain the
Deborah L. McGuinness, Pavel Shvaiko, Fausto Giunchiglia, Paulo Pinheiro da Silva.
Towards Explaining Semantic Matching. Expanded version of a paper appearing in
the Proceedings of the International Workshop on Description Logics,
Whistler Canada, June 2004.
Selected Papers of Deborah L. McGuinness.
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