Communications of the ACS, Vol 5, No 1 (2012)

Managing conflict in ontology matching

Amira ESSAID, Boutheina Ben Yaghlane


The ontology matching represents a great interest in the semantic web. In fact it tends to mitigate the effect of semantic heterogeneity and to facilitate the interoperability between systems which use distributed and heterogeneous ontologies. The ontology matching consists in finding correspondences between ontologies and thus by applying different techniques based on similarity measures. In order to improve the result of the matching, many measures may be used simultaneously and this can lead inevitably to a conflict between the results produced by each measure. In this paper, we propose a new approach for managing the conflict after matching ontologies. We apply the Dempster-Shafer theory and thus by combining the results produced by the different measures. We use for that purpose adequate combination rules.

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