Conceptual graphs from a knowledge systems viewpoint

  • P. N. Creasy
Knowledge Acquisition And Representation
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 406)


The Artificial Intelligence (AI) literature contains a wide range of suggestions for capturing semantic concepts. One that has received wide attention through two international conferences is Sowa's conceptual graphs. The claim made is that these conceptual graphs are a good knowledge representation language which could be used as an intermediate stage towards a relational database schema. It is this latter claim that we shall examine.

The analysis of the conceptual graphs is carried out using another knowledge representation language, NIAM, which has its roots in the early seventies in semantic data modelling. Its acceptance as a knowledge representation language has given it a justifiable claim as a reference for such issues.

Keywords and phrases

Conceptual graphs conceptual schemas knowledge systems 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. N. Creasy
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  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of QueenslandSt. Lucia

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