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A software system for agent-assisted ontology building
Denish Mumbaiwala (author)Jernej Polajnar (Thesis advisor)Desanka Polajnar (Thesis advisor)University of Northern British Columbia (Degree granting institution)
Master of Science (MSc)
Number of pages in document: 116
This thesis investigates how one can design a team of intelligent software agents that helps its human partner develop a formal ontology from a relational database and enhance it with higher-level abstractions. The resulting efficiency of ontology development could facilitate the building of intelligent decision support systems that allow: high-level semantic queries on legacy relational databases autonomous implementation within a host organization and incremental deployment without affecting the underlying database or its conventional use. We introduce a set of design principles, formulate the prototype system requirements and architecture, elaborate agent roles and interactions, develop suitable design techniques, and test the approach through practical implementation of selected features. We endow each agent with model meta-ontology, which enables it to reason and communicate about ontology, and planning meta-ontology, which captures the role-specific know-how of the ontology building method. We also assess the maturity of development tools for a larger-scale implementation. --Leaf i.
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