What Is Concept Drift and How to Measure It?

  • Shenghui Wang
  • Stefan Schlobach
  • Michel Klein
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6317)


This paper studies concept drift over time. We first define the meaning of a concept in terms of intension, extension and label. We then introduce concept drift over time and two derived notions: (in)stability over a time period and concept shift between two time points. We apply our framework in three case-studies, one from communication science, on DBPedia, and one in the legal domain. We describe ways of identifying interesting changes in the meaning of concept within given application contexts. These case-studies illustrate the feasibility of our framework in analysing concept drift in knowledge organisation schemas of varying expressiveness.


Domain Expert Concept Drift Identical Concept Concept Shift Knowledge Organisation System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shenghui Wang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Stefan Schlobach
    • 2
  • Michel Klein
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Communication ScienceVrije UniversiteitAmsterdam
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceVrije UniversiteitAmsterdam

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