Semantic Metrics

  • Bo Hu
  • Yannis Kalfoglou
  • Harith Alani
  • David Dupplaw
  • Paul Lewis
  • Nigel Shadbolt
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4248)


In the context of the Semantic Web, many ontology-related operations, e.g. ontology ranking, segmentation, alignment, articulation, reuse, evaluation, can reduced to one fundamental operation: computing the similarity and/or dissimilarity among ontological entities, and in some cases among ontologies themselves. In this paper, we review standard metrics for computing distance measures and we propose a series of semantic metrics. We give a formal account of semantic metrics drawn from a variety of research disciplines, and enrich them with semantics based on standard Description Logic constructs. We argue that concept-based metrics can be aggregated to produce numeric distances at ontology-level and we speculate on the usability of our ideas in potential areas.


Resource Description Framework Description Logic Vector Space Model Conditional Entropy Numeric Distance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bo Hu
    • 1
  • Yannis Kalfoglou
    • 1
  • Harith Alani
    • 1
  • David Dupplaw
    • 1
  • Paul Lewis
    • 1
  • Nigel Shadbolt
    • 1
  1. 1.IAM Group, ECSUniversity of SouthamptonUK

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