Conceptual Structures in Practice

Pascal Hitzler, Henrik Scharfe

May 6, 2009 by Chapman and Hall/CRC
Reference - 425 Pages - 143 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781420060621 - CAT# C6062
Series: Chapman & Hall/CRC Studies in Informatics Series


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  • Reviews the history and mathematics behind the subject
  • Explores software tools for FCA
  • Surveys applications in semantic relations, ontology learning and engineering, document navigation, system design, semantic annotations, intelligent system programming, and active knowledge systems
  • Presents perspectives from both the conceptual graph and FCA communities, including contributions from John F. Sowa, Rudolf Wille, and Bernhard Ganter
  • Includes hands-on projects to provide a deeper understanding of the topics covered


Exploring fundamental research questions, Conceptual Structures in Practice takes you through the basic yet nontrivial task of establishing conceptual relations as the foundation for research in knowledge representation and knowledge mining. It includes contributions from leading researchers in both the conceptual graph and formal concept analysis (FCA) communities.

This accessible, self-contained book begins by providing the formal background in FCA and conceptual graphs. It then describes various software tools for analysis and computation, including the ToscanaJ suite. Written by the original visionaries of the field, the next section discusses the history and future directions of conceptual structures. The final chapters explore prominent application areas in computer science, including text analysis, web semantics, and intelligent systems.

An unprecedented, state-of-the-art overview from innovators in the field, this volume discusses how FCA and conceptual graphs can be used in many computer science areas. It serves as a benchmark of research on conceptual structures, inspiring further exploration in this discipline.

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