Reasoning with uncertain information and trust

Murat Sensoy, Geeth de Mel, Achille Fokoue, Timothy J. Norman, Jeff Z. Pan, Yuqing Tang, Nir Oren, Katia Sycara, Lance Kaplan, Tien Pham

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A limitation of standard Description Logics is its inability to reason with uncertain and vague knowledge. Although probabilistic and fuzzy extensions of DLs exist, which provide an explicit representation of uncertainty, they do not provide an explicit means for reasoning about second order uncertainty. Dempster-Shafer theory of evidence (DST) overcomes this weakness and provides means to fuse and reason about uncertain information. In this paper, we combine DL-Lite with DST to allow scalable reasoning over uncertain semantic knowledge bases. Furthermore, our formalism allows for the detection of conflicts between the fused information and domain constraints. Finally, we propose methods to resolve such conflicts through trust revision by exploiting evidence regarding the information sources. The effectiveness of the proposed approaches is shown through simulations under various settings.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE
Subtitle of host publicationNext-Generation Analyst
EditorsBarbara D Broome, David L Hall, James Llinas
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9780819495495
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2013
EventNext-Generation Analyst - Baltimore, MD, United States
Duration: 29 Apr 201330 Apr 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


ConferenceNext-Generation Analyst
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBaltimore, MD


  • Description Logics
  • Information Fusion
  • Trust
  • Uncertainty


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