Complexity assumptions in ontology verbalisation

Power, Richard (2010). Complexity assumptions in ontology verbalisation. In: 48th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Jul 2010, Uppsala, Sweden, pp. 132–136.


We describe the strategy currently pursued for verbalising OWL ontologies by sentences in Controlled Natural Language (i.e., combining generic rules for realising logical patterns with ontology-specific lexicons for realising atomic terms for individuals, classes, and properties) and argue that its success depends on assumptions about the complexity of terms and axioms in the ontology. We then show, through analysis of a corpus of ontologies, that although these assumptions could in principle be violated, they are overwhelmingly respected in practice by ontology developers.

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