AAAI Publications, Twelfth International Conference on the Principles of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning

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Improving Query Answering over DL-Lite Ontologies
Riccardo Rosati, Alessandro Almatelli

Last modified: 2010-04-27

Abstract


The DL-Lite family of Description Logics has been designed with the specific goal of allowing for answering complex queries (in particular, conjunctive queries) over ontologies with very large instance sets (ABoxes). So far, in DL-Lite systems, this goal has been actually achieved only for relatively simple (short) conjunctive queries. In this paper we present Presto, a new query answering technique for DL-Lite ontologies, and an experimental comparison of Presto with the main previous approaches to query answering in DL-Lite. In practice, our experiments show that, in real ontologies, current techniques are only able to answer conjunctive queries of less than 7-10 atoms (depending on the complexity of the TBox), while Presto is actually able to handle conjunctive queries of up to 30 atoms. Furthermore, in the cases that are already successfully handled by previous approaches, Presto is significantly more efficient.

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