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Strategies for Ontology Negotiation: Finding the Right Level of Generality

  • Jurriaan van Diggelen
  • Edwin D. de Jong
  • Marco A. Wiering
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3859)

Abstract

In heterogeneous multi agent systems, communication is hampered by the lack of shared ontologies. Ontology negotiation is a technique that enables pairs of agents to overcome these difficulties by exchanging parts of their ontologies. As a result of these micro level solutions, a communication vocabulary emerges on a macro level. The goal of this paper is to ensure that this communication vocabulary contains words of the right level of generality, i.e. not overspecific and not overgeneralized. We will propose a number of communication strategies that enable the agents to achieve these goals. Using experimental results, we will compare their performance.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jurriaan van Diggelen
    • 1
  • Edwin D. de Jong
    • 1
  • Marco A. Wiering
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Information and Computing SciencesUtrecht Universitythe Netherlands

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