Statement of Interest

Tim Finin

This statement of interest describes our ongoing work on tools for ontology mapping between two classification hierarchies. Our approach combines the recently emerging semantic markup language DAML+OIL (for ontology specification), the text-based classification technology (for similarity information collection), and Bayesian reasoning (for resolving uncertainty in similarity comparisons). This system will be used as part of the ITTALKS [1] system to allow multiple topic ontologies to be used to describe the subjects of talks and the interests of users. The ontology maps generated by our tools can be used to recognize that a talk described by terms in one ontology might be of interest to a users who has described her interests using terms drawn from another.

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