The knowledge graph as the default data model for learning on heterogeneous knowledge

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In modern machine learning, raw data is the pre-ferred input for our models. Where a decade ago data scien-tists were still engineering features, manually picking out the details they thought salient, they now prefer the data in their raw form. As long as we can assume that all relevant and ir-relevant information is present in the input data, we can de-sign deep models that build up intermediate representations to sift out relevant features. However, these models are often domain specific and tailored to the task at hand, and therefore unsuited for learning on heterogeneous knowledge: informa-tion of different types and from different domains. If we can develop methods that operate on this form of knowledge, we can dispense with a great deal of ad-hoc feature engineering and train deep models end-to-end in many more domains. To accomplish this, we first need a data model capable of ex-pressing heterogeneous knowledge naturally in various do-mains, in as usable a form as possible, and satisfying as many use cases as possible. In this position paper, we argue that the knowledge graph is a suitable candidate for this data model. This paper describes current research and discusses some of the promises and challenges of this approach.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-57
Number of pages19
JournalData Science
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 8 Dec 2017


  • End-to-End Learning
  • Knowledge Graphs
  • Machine Learning
  • Position paper
  • Semantic Web


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