Re: [RT] rethinking the need for inferencing

From: Arjohn Kampman <arjohn.kampman_at_aduna.biz>
Date: Tue, 07 Mar 2006 11:57:10 +0100

Hi Stefano, others,

Hope you don't mind me breaking into this discussion. I have the
impression that what you are aiming for is similar to what we intend(ed)
to accomplish with Sesame's stackable Sail objects:
http://openrdf.org/doc/sesame2/system/ch05.html

Stefano Mazzocchi wrote:
[...]
> All transformation phases require access to the input data stream for
> the transformation to happen, some of these retain state and some do
> not. It is always preferable to have stages that do not retain state (or
> that retain, reliably, a small state in a windowed scenario)

Such a one-way model is often too restrictive. In the context of
Sesame's Sail API, such a model would only allow forward-chaining
inferencers. Based on our experience with such inferencers in Sesame,
this isn't going to scale to large amounts of data.

The Sail API in Sesame 2 was revised to also allow query rewriting,
allowing a Sail implementation to use a combination of forward- and
backward-chaining. The paper "Time Space Trade-offs in Scaling up RDF
Schema Reasoning" might be of interest to you:
http://wwwis.win.tue.nl/~jbroekst/papers/time-space-WISE05.pdf

Arjohn
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