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Re: Cross-ontologies reasoning

From: Drew McDermott <drew.mcdermott@yale.edu>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2003 18:08:58 -0500 (EST)
Message-Id: <200312192308.hBJN8ww21896@pantheon-po02.its.yale.edu>
To: public-sws-ig@w3.org, www-rdf-logic@w3.org

[Cross-posting to try to move this discussion away from the Semantic
Web Services mailing list.  Granted it's relevant, but its true scope
is wider.]

   [Frank McCabe]
   The 'problem' I was referring to was that of automatically mapping one
   ontology (written I assume by person or persons A) to another (written
   by persons B).

   People have asserted that there exist automatic tools for doing that.
   And I was pointing out some corner cases.

People are kidding themselves.  Not to offend their fans, but the
results on automatic ontology mapping using probabilistic methods,
machine-learning techniques, graph isomorphism, word repetition,
etc. etc. are publishable and will make some of us into academic
stars, but they won't actually begin to solve the problem.  The
problem is AI-complete.  It's like Richard Waldinger's solution to the
automatic-programming problem: A. Create an intelligent robot.
B. Give it a Lisp manual to read.

                                   -- Drew McDermott
                                      Yale Computer Science Department
Received on Friday, 19 December 2003 18:10:14 UTC

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