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The Description Logic Handbook


  • 44 b/w illus. 14 tables
  • Page extent: 622 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 1.21 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 006.3/32
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: Q387.3 .D47 2007
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Description logics--Handbooks, manuals, etc

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521876254)

Replaced by 9780521150118

US $168.00
Singapore price US $179.76 (inclusive of GST)

Description logics are embodied in several knowledge-based systems and are used to develop various real-life applications. Now in paperback, The Description Logic Handbook provides a thorough account of the subject, covering all aspects of research in this field, namely: theory, implementation, and applications. Its appeal will be broad, ranging from more theoretically oriented readers, to those with more practically oriented interests who need a sound and modern understanding of knowledge representation systems based on description logics. As well as general revision throughout the book, this new edition presents a new chapter on ontology languages for the semantic web, an area of great importance for the future development of the web. In sum, the book will serve as a unique resource for the subject, and can also be used for self-study or as a reference for knowledge representation and artificial intelligence courses.

• Only comprehensive introduction to description logics - this new edition includes a chapter on ontology languages for the semantic web • Full coverage of all aspects of the subject: theory, implementation and applications • A modern perspective on knowledge (frame) based systems


1. An introduction to description logics D. Nardi and R. J. Brachman; Part I. Theory: 2. Basic description logics F. Baader and W. Nutt; 3. Complexity of reasoning F. M. Donini; 4. Relationships with other formalisms U. Sattler, D. Calvanese and R. Molitor; 5. Expressive description logics D. Calvanese and G. De Giacomo; 6. Extensions to description logics F. Baader, R. Küsters and F. Wolter; Part II. Implementation: 7. From description logic provers to knowledge representation systems D. L. McGuinness and P. F. Patel-Schneider; 8. Description logics systems R. Möller and V. Haarslev; 9. Implementation and optimisation techniques I. Horrocks; Part III. Applications: 10. Conceptual modeling with description logics A. Borgida and R. J. Brachman; 11. Software engineering C. Welty; 12. Configuration D. L. McGuinness; 13. Medical informatics A. Rector; 14. Ontology languages for the semantic web I. Horrocks, P. F. Patel-Schneider, D. L. McGuinness and C. Welty; 15. Natural language processing E. Franconi; 16. Description logics for data bases A. Borgida, M. Lenzerini and R. Rosati; Appendix. Description logic terminology F. Baader; Bibliography.


'… well written and has a good structure … It provides an excellent overview on the subject and shows the various aspects of description logic in their respective contexts with many pointers for further reading.' Thomas Studer, Zentralblatt MATH

'… this book is a valuable resource for any scientist or institution working in areas related to applications implementation. As an anthology of essays written by top scholars in the field, it is generally very well put together.' Computing Reviews (


D. Nardi, R. J. Brachman, F. Baader, W. Nutt, F. M. Donini, U. Sattler, D. Calvanese, R. Mölitor, G. De Giacomo, R. Küsters, F. Wolter, D. L. McGuinness, P. F. Patel-Schneider, R. Möller, V. Haarslev, I. Horrocks, A. Borgida, C. Welty, A. Rector, E. Franconi, M. Lenzerini, R. Rosati

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