The Bayesian Description Logic \({\mathcal{BEL}}\)

  • İsmail İlkan Ceylan
  • Rafael Peñaloza
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8562)


We introduce the probabilistic Description Logic \({\mathcal{BEL}}\). In \({\mathcal{BEL}}\), axioms are required to hold only in an associated context. The probabilistic component of the logic is given by a Bayesian network that describes the joint probability distribution of the contexts. We study the main reasoning problems in this logic; in particular, we (i) prove that deciding positive and almost-sure entailments is not harder for \({\mathcal{BEL}}\) than for the BN, and (ii) show how to compute the probability, and the most likely context for a consequence.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • İsmail İlkan Ceylan
    • 1
  • Rafael Peñaloza
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Theoretical Computer ScienceTU DresdenGermany
  2. 2.Center for Advancing Electronics DresdenGermany

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