Computers and the Humanities

, Volume 33, Issue 1, pp 59–84

Using the Right Tools: Enhancing Retrieval from Marked-up Documents

  • Christopher Welty
  • Nacy Ide

DOI: 10.1023/A:1001800717376

Cite this article as:
Welty, C. & Ide, N. Computers and the Humanities (1999) 33: 59. doi:10.1023/A:1001800717376


We are experimenting with the representation of a DTD and associated documents (i.e., documents conformant to the DTD) in a knowledge representation (KR) system, in order to provide more sophisticated query and retrieval from TEI documents than current systems provide. We are using CLASSIC, a frame-based representation system developed at AT&T Bell Laboratories. Like many KR systems, CLASSIC enables the definition of structured concepts/frames, their organization into taxonomies, the creation and manipulation of individual instances of such concepts, and inference such as inheritance, relation transitivity, inverses, etc. In addition, CLASSIC provides for the key inferences of subsumption and classification. By representing a document as an individual instance of a hierarchy of concepts derived from the DTD, and by allowing the creation of additional user-defined concepts and relations, sophisticated query and retrieval operations can be performed. This paper describes CLASSIC and the formalism of description logic that underlies it, and demonstrates how it can be used for enhanced retrieval from richly encoded documents.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher Welty
    • 1
  • Nacy Ide
    • 1
  1. 1.Computer Science DepartmentVassar CollegePoughkeepsieUSA; E-mail

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