Conjunctive query inseparability of OWL 2 QL TBoxes

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Konev, B. ; Kontchakov, Roman ; Michel, L. ; Schneider, T. ; Wolter, F. ; Zakharyaschev, Michael (2011)
  • Publisher: AAAI Press
  • Subject: csis

The OWL2 profile OWL 2 QL, based on the DL-Lite family of description logics, is emerging as a major language for developing new ontologies and approximating the existing ones. Its main application is ontology based data access, where ontologies are used to provide background knowledge for answering queries over data. We investigate the corresponding notion of query inseparability (or equivalence) for OWL 2 QL ontologies and show that deciding query inseparability is PSpace-hard and in ExpTime. We give polynomial-time (incomplete) algorithms and demonstrate by experiments that they can be used for practical module extraction.
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