A Method for Learning Part-Whole Relations

  • Willem Robert van Hage
  • Hap Kolb
  • Guus Schreiber
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4273)


Part-whole relations are important in many domains, but typically receive less attention than subsumption relation. In this paper we describe a method for finding part-whole relations. The method consists of two steps: (i) finding phrase patterns for both explicit and implicit part-whole relations, and (ii) applying these patterns to find part-whole relation instances. We show results of applying this method to a domain of finding sources of carcinogens.


Ontology Alignment Subsumption Relation Alignment Relation Retrieval Step Search Engine Query 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Willem Robert van Hage
    • 1
    • 2
  • Hap Kolb
    • 1
  • Guus Schreiber
    • 2
  1. 1.TNO Science & Industry Delft 
  2. 2.Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 

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