TitleProgressive ontology alignment for meaning cordination: An information-theoretic foundation
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsSchorlemmer M, Kalfoglou Y
EditorF. Dignum etal.
Conference NameProceedings of the Fourth International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS 2005), The Netherlands, July 25 - 29, 2005
PublisherACM Press

We elaborate on the mathematical foundations of the meaning coordination problem that agents face in open environments. We investigate to which extend the Barwise- Seligman theory of information flow provides a faithful theoretical description of the partial semantic integration that two agents achieve as they progressively align their underlying ontologies through the sharing of tokens, such as instances. We also discuss the insights and practical implications of the Barwise-Seligman theory with respect to the general meaning coordination problem.