Categorization Power of Ontologies with Respect to Focus Classes

  • Vojtěch Svátek
  • Ondřej Zamazal
  • Miroslav Vacura
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10024)


When reusing existing ontologies, preference might be given to those providing extensive subcategorization for the classes deemed important in the new ontology (focus classes). The reused set of categories may not only consist of named classes but also of some compound concept expressions that could be viewed as meaningful categories by human ontologist. We define the general notion of focused ontologistic categorization power; for the sake of tractable experiments we then choose a restricted concept expression language and map it to syntactic axiom patterns. The occurrence of the patterns has been verified in two ontology collections, and for a sample of pattern instances their ontologistic status has been assessed by different groups of users.


Description Logic Ontologistic Category Pattern Occurrence Categorization Power Concept Expression 
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Ondřej Zamazal has been supported by the CSF grant no. 14-14076P, “COSOL – Categorization of Ontologies in Support of Ontology Life Cycle”. Vojtěch Svátek has been supported by the the UEP IGA F4/28/2016 project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vojtěch Svátek
    • 1
  • Ondřej Zamazal
    • 1
  • Miroslav Vacura
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Information and Knowledge EngineeringUniversity of EconomicsPrague 3Czech Republic

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