How Network-based and Set-based Visualizations Aid Consistency Checking in Ontologies

Yuri Sato, Gem Stapleton, Mateja Jamnik, Zohreh Shams, Andrew Blake

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Abstract

Ontologies describe complex world knowledge in that they con-sist of hierarchical relations, such as is-a, which can be expressed by quantifiers or sets, and various binary relations, which can be expressed by links or networks. Should hierarchical relations be distinguished from other binary relations as essentially different ones in building cognitively accessible systems of ontologies? In this study, two kinds of ontology visualizations, a network-based visualization (SOVA) and a set-based visualization (concept dia-grams), are empirically compared in the case of consistency checking. Participants were presented with one diagram and then asked to answer the question of whether the meaning of the diagram was contradictory. Our results showed that SOVA is more effective than concept diagrams, suggesting that to represent hierarchical and binary relations of ontologies in a way based on networks suits human cognition when checking ontologies' consistencies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe 10th International Symposium on Visual Information Communication and Interaction
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherACM
Pages0-0
Number of pages1
ISBN (Print)9781450352925
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
EventThe 10th International Symposium on Visual Information Communication and Interaction - Bangkok, Thailand, 14-16 August, 2017
Duration: 1 Jan 2017 → …

Conference

ConferenceThe 10th International Symposium on Visual Information Communication and Interaction
Period1/01/17 → …

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