Automatic acquisition of attributes for ontology construction

Gaoying Cui, Qin Lu, Wenjie Li, Yirong Chen

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An ontology can be seen as an organized structure of concepts according to their relations. A concept is associated with a set of attributes that themselves are also concepts in the ontology. Consequently, ontology construction is the acquisition of concepts and their associated attributes through relations. Manual ontology construction is time-consuming and difficult to maintain. Corpus-based ontology construction methods must be able to distinguish concepts themselves from concept instances. In this paper, a novel and simple method is proposed for automatically identifying concept attributes through the use of Wikipedia as the corpus. The built-in {{Infobox}} in Wiki is used to acquire concept attributes and identify semantic types of the attributes. Two simple induction rules are applied to improve the performance. Experimental results show precisions of 92.5% for attribute acquisition and 80% for attribute type identification. This is a very promising result for automatic ontology construction.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer Processing of Oriental Languages
Subtitle of host publicationLanguage Technology for the Knowledge-based Economy - 22nd International Conference, ICCPOL 2009, Proceedings
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 9 Nov 2009
Event22nd International Conference on Computer Processing of Oriental Languages, ICCPOL 2009 - , Hong Kong
Duration: 26 Mar 200927 Mar 2009

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume5459 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference22nd International Conference on Computer Processing of Oriental Languages, ICCPOL 2009
Country/TerritoryHong Kong


  • Attribute acquisition
  • Ontology construction
  • Wikipedia as resource source

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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