ReTAX+: A cooperative taxonomy revision tool

Sik Chun Lam, Derek Sleeman, Wamberto W M P D Vasconcelos

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ReTAX is a system that assists domain experts to accommodate a new item in an established taxonomy; it suggests a number of ways in which that can be achieved namely; modifying the new entity, the taxonomy, or both. Further, a set of refinement operators are used to guarantee the consistency of the resulting taxonomy. ReTAX+ is a system which provides the user with additional functionalities as they build a new taxonomy or reuse an existing taxonomy. Specifically, it provides functions to enable a user to add, edit or delete the values associated with class attributes; additionally, it provides functions to add a class, delete a class, merge two classes, and split a class. Again consistent with the philosophy of ReTAX, ReTAX+ offers the user, when relevant, a number of options to achieve his objectives. For example, deleting a class is a fairly radical step and various decisions need to be made about the resulting "orphaned" instances and sub-classes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationApplications and Innovations in Intelligent Systems XII
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of AI-2004, the Twenty-fourth SGAI International Conference on Innovative Techniques and Applications of Artificial Intelligence
EditorsAnn Macintosh, Richard Ellis, Tony Allen
Place of PublicationLondon, England
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781846281037
ISBN (Print)9781852339081
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Publication series

NameBCS Conference Series


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