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On Integrating Ontologies with Relational Probabilistic Models
Chia-Li Kuo, David Poole

Last modified: 2013-06-29


We consider the problem of building relational probabilistic models with an underlying ontology that defines the classes and properties used in the model. Properties in the ontology form random variables when applied to individuals. When an individual is not in the domain of a property, the corresponding random variable is undefined. If we are uncertain about the types of individuals, we may be uncertain about whether random variables are defined. We discuss how to extend a recent result on reasoning with potentially undefined random variables to the relational case. Object properties may have classes of individuals as their ranges, giving rise to random variables whose ranges vary with populations. We identify and discuss some of the issues that arise when constructing relational probabilistic models using the vocabulary and constraints from an ontology, and we outline possible solutions to certain problems.

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