Automatic Acquisition of Attributes for Ontology Construction

  • Gaoying Cui
  • Qin Lu
  • Wenjie Li
  • Yirong Chen
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5459)


An ontology can be seen as an organized structure of concepts according to their relations. A concept is associated with a set of attributes that themselves are also concepts in the ontology. Consequently, ontology construction is the acquisition of concepts and their associated attributes through relations. Manual ontology construction is time-consuming and difficult to maintain. Corpus-based ontology construction methods must be able to distinguish concepts themselves from concept instances. In this paper, a novel and simple method is proposed for automatically identifying concept attributes through the use of Wikipedia as the corpus. The built-in {{Infobox}} in Wiki is used to acquire concept attributes and identify semantic types of the attributes. Two simple induction rules are applied to improve the performance. Experimental results show precisions of 92.5% for attribute acquisition and 80% for attribute type identification. This is a very promising result for automatic ontology construction.


Attribute acquisition ontology construction Wikipedia as resource source 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gaoying Cui
    • 1
  • Qin Lu
    • 1
  • Wenjie Li
    • 1
  • Yirong Chen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ComputingThe Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHong KongChina

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