Measuring Similarity in Ontologies: A New Family of Measures

  • Tahani Alsubait
  • Bijan Parsia
  • Uli Sattler
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8876)


Several attempts have been already made to develop similarity measures for ontologies. We noticed that some existing similarity measures are ad-hoc and unprincipled. In addition, there is still a need for similarity measures which are applicable to expressive Description Logics and which are terminological. To address these requirements, we have developed a new family of similarity measures. Two separate empirical studies have been carried out to evaluate the new measures. First, we compare the new measures along with some existing measures against a gold-standard. Second, we examine the practicality of using the new measures over an independently motivated corpus of ontologies.


Similarity Measure Semantic Similarity Description Logic Family Health History Ontology Match 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tahani Alsubait
    • 1
  • Bijan Parsia
    • 1
  • Uli Sattler
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Computer ScienceThe University of ManchesterUnited Kingdom

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