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The Description Logic Handbook
Theory, Implementation and Applications

D. Nardi, R. J. Brachman, F. Baader, W. Nutt, F. M. Donini, U. Sattler, D. Calvanese, R. Mölitor, G. De Giacomo, R. Küsters, F. Wolter, D. L. McGuinness, P. F. Patel-Schneider, R. Möller, V. Haarslev, I. Horrocks, A. Borgida, C. Welty, A. Rector, E. Franconi, M. Lenzerini, R. Rosati
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  • Date Published: December 2004
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  • isbn: 9780511060632

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  • Description Logics are a family of knowledge representation languages that have been studied extensively in Artificial Intelligence over the last two decades. They are embodied in several knowledge-based systems and are used to develop various real-life applications. The Description Logic Handbook provides a thorough account of the subject, covering all aspects of research in this field, namely: theory, implementation, and applications. Its appeal will be broad, ranging from more theoretically-oriented readers, to those with more practically-oriented interests who need a sound and modern understanding of knowledge representation systems based on Description Logics. The chapters are written by some of the most prominent researchers in the field, introducing the basic technical material before taking the reader to the current state of the subject, and including comprehensive guides to the literature. In sum, the book will serve as a unique reference for the subject, and can also be used for self-study or in conjunction with Knowledge Representation and Artificial Intelligence courses.

    • First comprehensive introduction to Description Logics
    • Full coverage of all aspects of the subject: theory, implementation and applications
    • A modern perspective on knowledge (frame) based systems
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    'Until now, it has been difficult to locate a single text that covers enough of this field to serve as a thorough introduction to it. This handbook is an attempt to fill this gap, and it does so admirably … The book would serve well as a foundation text for a graduate course in description logic, when supplemented with selected research papers. The Production qualities are excellent; this book will be easy to read and refer to … a needed and well-executed reference work … an excellent book.' Computing Reviews

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    • Date Published: December 2004
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511060632
    • contains: 14 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. An introduction to description logics D. Nardi and R. J. Brachman
    Part I. Theory:
    2. Basic description logics F. Baader and W. Nutt
    3. Complexity of reasoning F. M. Donini
    4. Relationships with other formalisms U. Sattler, D. Calvanese and R. Molitor
    5. Expressive description logics D. Calvanese and G. De Giacomo
    6. Extensions to description logics F. Baader, R. Küsters and F. Wolter
    Part II. Implementation:
    7. From description logic provers to knowledge representation systems D. L. McGuinness and P. F. Patel-Schneider
    8. Description logics systems R. Möller and V. Haarslev
    9. Implementation and optimisation techniques I. Horrocks
    Part III. Applications:
    10. Conceptual modeling with description logics A. Borgida and R. J. Brachman
    11. Software engineering C. Welty
    12. Configuration D. L. McGuinness
    13. Medical informatics A. Rector
    14. Digital libraries and web-based information systems I. Horrocks, D. L. McGuinness and C. Welty
    15. Natural language processing E. Franconi
    16. Description logics for data bases A. Borgida, M. Lenzerini and R. Rosati
    Appendix. Description logic terminology F. Baader
    Bibliography.

  • Editors

    Franz Baader, Aachen University of Technology

    Diego Calvanese

    Deborah McGuinness, Stanford University, California

    Daniele Nardi, Università degli Studi di Roma 'La Sapienza', Italy

    Peter Patel-Schneider, AT&T Bell Laboratories, New Jersey

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    D. Nardi, R. J. Brachman, F. Baader, W. Nutt, F. M. Donini, U. Sattler, D. Calvanese, R. Mölitor, G. De Giacomo, R. Küsters, F. Wolter, D. L. McGuinness, P. F. Patel-Schneider, R. Möller, V. Haarslev, I. Horrocks, A. Borgida, C. Welty, A. Rector, E. Franconi, M. Lenzerini, R. Rosati

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