Fast Approximate A-Box Consistency Checking Using Machine Learning

Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-34129-3_9

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9678)
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Paulheim H., Stuckenschmidt H. (2016) Fast Approximate A-Box Consistency Checking Using Machine Learning. In: Sack H., Blomqvist E., d'Aquin M., Ghidini C., Ponzetto S., Lange C. (eds) The Semantic Web. Latest Advances and New Domains. ESWC 2016. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 9678. Springer, Cham


Ontology reasoning is typically a computationally intensive operation. While soundness and completeness of results is required in some use cases, for many others, a sensible trade-off between computation efforts and correctness of results makes more sense. In this paper, we show that it is possible to approximate a central task in reasoning, i.e., A-box consistency checking, by training a machine learning model which approximates the behavior of that reasoner for a specific ontology. On four different datasets, we show that such learned models constantly achieve an accuracy above 95 % at less than 2 % of the runtime of a reasoner, using a decision tree with no more than 20 inner nodes. For example, this allows for validating 293M Microdata documents against the ontology in less than 90 min, compared to 18 days required by a state of the art ontology reasoner.


Approximate ontology reasoning Machine learning 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Data and Web Science GroupUniversity of MannheimMannheimGermany

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