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DOI:   10.3217/jucs-020-03-0257


Towards an Extended Model of Conceptual Representations in Formal Ontologies: A Typicality-Based Proposal

Marcello Frixione (University of Genoa, Italy)

Antonio Lieto ((University of Turin, Italy)

Abstract: In this paper we propose a possible solution for the problem of the computational representation of non-classical concepts (i.e. concepts that cannot be characterized in terms of necessary and sufficient conditions) in the field of formal ontologies. In particular, taking into account empirical evidences coming from cognitive psychology, according to which concept representation is not a unitary phenomenon, we suggest that a similar approach to the representation of conceptual knowledge could be useful also in the field of ontology based technologies. Finally we propose, in a linked open data perspective, conceptual spaces as a suitable framework for developing some aspects of the presented proposal.

Keywords: concept representation, concepts theories, conceptual spaces, formal ontologies, hybrid conceptual representation, prototypes

Categories: I.2.0, I.2.4