Multi-Attribute Decision Making with Weighted Description Logics

E. Acar, Manuel Fink, Christian Meilicke, Camilo Thorne, Heiner Stuckenschmidt

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We introduce a decision-theoretic framework based on Description Logics (DLs), which can be used to encode and solve single stage multi-attribute de- cision problems. In particular, we consider the background knowledge as a DL knowledge base where each attribute is represented by a concept, weighted by a utility value which is asserted by the user. This yields a compact representa- tion of preferences over attributes. Moreover, we represent choices as knowledge base individuals, and induce a ranking via the aggregation of attributes that they satisfy. We discuss the benefits of the approach from a decision theory point of view. Furthermore, we introduce an implementation of the framework as a Protégé plugin called uDecide. The plugin takes as input an ontology as background knowledge, and returns the choices consistent with the user’s (the knowledge base) preferences. We describe a use case with data from DBpedia. We also provide empirical results for its performance in the size of the ontology using the reasoner Konclude.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1973–1995
Number of pages23
JournalIfCoLoG Journal of Logics and their Applications
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017


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