Multi-level knowledge discovery from rule bases

Debbie Richards*, Usama Malik

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The discovery of multi-level knowledge is important to allow queries at and across different levels of abstraction. While there are some similarities between our research and that of others in this area, the work reported in this paper does not directly involve databases and is differently motivated. Our research is interested in taking data in the form of rule-bases and finding multi-level knowledge. This paper describes our motivation, our preferred technique for acquiring the initial knowledge known as Ripple-Down Rules, the use of Formal Concept Analysis to develop an abstraction hierarchy, and our application of these ideas to knowledge bases from the domain of chemical pathology. We also provide an example of how the approach can be applied to other prepositional knowledge bases and suggest that it can be used as an additional phase to many existing data mining approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-205
Number of pages25
JournalApplied Artificial Intelligence
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2003

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