Fusing Partially Inconsistent Expert and Learnt Knowledge in Uncertain Hierarchies

  • Jonathan Rossiter
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2412)


This paper presents an approach to reasoning with learnt and expert information where inconsistencies are present. Information is represented as an uncertain taxonomical hierarchy where each class is a concept specification either defined by an expert or learnt from data. We present this as a good framework within which to perform information fusion. We show through a simple example how learnt information and uncertain expert knowledge can be represented and how conclusions can be reasoned from the fused hierarchy. This reasoning mechanism relies on a default assumption to rank conclusions based on the position of contributing information in the class hierarchy.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonathan Rossiter
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  1. 1.AI Group, Dept. of Engineering MathematicsUniversity of BristolBristolUK

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