Authors: Trent Apted, Judy Kay
Addresses: Smart Internet Technology Research Group, School of Information Technologies, Madsen F09, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia. ' Smart Internet Technology Research Group, School of Information Technologies, Madsen F09, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
Abstract: This paper describes MECUREO, a system that automatically constructs an ontology from a dictionary. We describe its use in the context of a dictionary of computer science. MECUREO parses this to construct a graph representing a lightweight ontology of computer science. The paper describes MECUREO|s approach to parsing the dictionary and the construction of the ontology graph. We also describe MECUREO|s point query facility. This generates a small ontology for use in a particular teaching context, such as a single lesson. We report two evaluations of the effectiveness of the ontology construction, one based on a qualitative concept mapping experiment, and the other on a quantitative comparison of the computer science ontology with another similar ontology.
Keywords: ontologies; student modelling; ontological inference; knowledge acquisition; computer science dictionary; computer science ontology; teaching.
International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2004 Vol.14 No.3, pp.191 - 211
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