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The usability of description logics: understanding the cognitive difficulties presented by description logics

Warren, Paul; Mulholland, Paul; Collins, Trevor and Motta, Enrico (2014). The usability of description logics: understanding the cognitive difficulties presented by description logics. In: The Semantic Web: Trends and Challenges, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer, pp. 550–564.

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Abstract

Description Logics have been extensively studied from the viewpoint of decidability and computational tractability. Less attention has been given to their usability and the cognitive difficulties they present, in particular for those who are not specialists in logic. This paper reports on a study into the difficulties associated with the most commonly used Description Logic features. Psychological theories are used to take account of these. Whilst most of the features presented no difficulty to participants, the comprehension of some was affected by commonly occurring misconceptions. The paper proposes explanations and remedies for some of these difficulties. In addition, the time to confirm stated inferences was found to depend both on the maximum complexity of the relations involved and the number of steps in the argument.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 Springer International Publishing Switzerland
ISBN: 3-319-07443-1, 978-3-319-07443-6
ISSN: 0302-9743
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Knowledge Media Institute (KMi)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Item ID: 42011
Depositing User: Paul Mulholland
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2015 11:50
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2016 18:09
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/42011
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