ONTOGRABBING: Extracting Information from Texts Using Generative Ontologies

Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter – Annual report year: 2009

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We describe principles for extracting information from texts using a so-called generative ontology in combination with syntactic analysis. Generative ontologies are introduced as semantic domains for natural language phrases. Generative ontologies extend ordinary finite ontologies with rules for producing recursively shaped terms representing the ontological content (ontological semantics) of NL noun phrases and other phrases. We focus here on achieving a robust, often only partial, ontology-driven parsing of and ascription of semantics to a sentence in the text corpus. The aim of the ontological analysis is primarily to identify paraphrases, thereby achieving a search functionality beyond mere keyword search with synsets. We further envisage use of the generative ontology as a phrase-based rather than word-based browser into text corpora.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFlexible Query Answering Systems: 8th International Conference, Fqas 2009
Place of PublicationBerlin
Publication date2009
StatePublished - 2009
SeriesLecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence


  • ontological semantics, generative ontologies, Ontology-based text analysis and search
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