Knowledge retrieval

Knowledge Retrieval is a field of study which seeks to return information in a structured form, consistent with human cognitive processes as opposed to simple lists of data items. It draws on a range of fields including Epistemology (Theory of knowledge), Cognitive psychology, Cognitive neuroscience, Logic and Inference, Machine learning and Knowledge discovery, Linguistics, Information technology, etc.


In the field of retrieval systems, established approaches include:
*Data Retrieval Systems (DRS), such as database management systems, are well suitable for the storage and retrieval of structured data.
* Information Retrieval Systems (IRS), such as web search engines, are very effective in finding the relevant documents or web pages that contain the information required by a user.

These approaches both require a user to read and analyze often long lists of data sets or documents in order to extract meaning implicit in them.

The goal of knowledge retrieval systems is to reduce the burden of those processes by improved search and representation. This improvement is seen as needed to handle the increasing volumes of data available on the world wide web and elsewhere.

Many proposals and research efforts have been made regarding knowledge retrieval [Frisch, A.M. Knowledge Retrieval as Specialized Inference, Ph.D thesis, University of Rochester, 1986.] , [Kame, M. and Quintana, Y. A graph based knowledge retrieval system, Proceedings of the 1990 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, 1990: 269-275.] ,Martin, P. and Eklund, P.W. Knowledge retrieval and the World Wide Web, IEEE Intelligent Systems, 2000, 15(3): 18-25.] , [Oertel, P. and Amir, E. A framework for commonsence knowledge retrieval, Proceedings of the 7th International Symposium on Logic Formalizations of Commonsense Reasoning, 2005.] , [Travers, M. A visual representation for knowledge structures, Proceedings of the 2nd annual ACM conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia, 1989: 147-158.] , [Yao, Y.Y. Information retrieval support systems, Proceedings of the 2002 IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems, 2002, 1092-1097.] , [Zhou, N., Zhang, Y.F. and Zhang, L.Y. Information Visualization and Knowledge Retrieval [In Chinese] , Science Press, 2005.] , [Robert Loew, Katrin Kuemmel, Judith Ruprecht, Udo Bleimann, Paul Walsh. Approaches for personalised knowledge retrieval, Internet Research, 17(1), 2007] , [ Stefania Mariano, Andrea Casey. The process of knowledge retrieval: A case study of an American high-technology research, engineering and consulting company. VINE: The journal of information and knowledge management systems, 37(3), 2007.] , [ Jens Gammelgaard, Thomas Ritter. The knowledge retrieval matrix: codification and personification as separate strategies, Journal of Knowledge Management, 9(4), 133-143, 2005.] , [ J.E.L. Farradane. Analysis and organization of knowledge for retrieval, Aslib Proceedings, 22(12), 607-616,1970.] .

A Comparative Study of Data, Information and Knowledge Retrieval

Features and characteristics of Knowledge Retrieval may become clear by a comparison with Data Retrieval and Information Retrieval.

A Comparison of Data Retrieval, Information Retrieval, and Knowledge Retrieval (following discussion is mainly from Yiyu Yao, Yi Zeng, Ning Zhong, Xiangji Huang. Knowledge Retrieval (KR) . In: Proceedings of the 2007 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence, IEEE Computer Society, Silicon Valley, USA, November 2-5, 2007, 729-735.] )

Knowledge retrieval (KR) focuses on the knowledge level. We need to examine how to extract, represent, and use the knowledge in data and information [Bellinger, G., Castro, D. and Mills, A. Data, Information, Knowledge, and Wisdom,] . Knowledge retrieval systems provide knowledge to users in a structured way. They are different from data retrieval systems and information retrieval systems in inference models, retrieval methods, result organization, etc. Table 1, extending van Rijsbergen’s comparison of the difference between data retrievaland information retrieval [van Rijsbergen, C.J. Information Retrieval, Butterworths,1979.] , summarizes the main characteristics of data retrieval, information retrieval, and knowledge retrieval [Zeng, Y., Yao, Y.Y. and Zhong, N. Granular structurebasedknowledge retrieval [In Chinese] , Proceedings of the Joint Conference of the Seventh Conference of Rough Set and Soft Computing, the First Forum of Granular Computing, and the First Forum of Web Intelligence, 2007.] . The core of data retrieval and information retrieval are retrieval subsystems. Data retrieval gets results through Boolean match [Baeza-Yates, R. and Ribeiro-Neto, B. Modern Information Retrieval, AddisonWesley, 1999.] . Information retrieval uses partial match and best match. Knowledge retrieval is also based on partial match and best match.

Considering inference perspective, data retrieval uses deductive inference, and information retrieval uses inductive inference [van Rijsbergen, C.J. Information Retrieval, Butterworths,1979.] . Considering the limitations from the assumptions of different logics, traditional logic systems (e.g., Horn subset of first order logic) cannot make efficient reasoning in a reasonable time Fensel, D. and van Harmelen, F. Unifying reasoning and search to web scale, IEEE Internet Computing, 2007, 11(2): 96, 94-95.] . Associative reasoning, analogical reasoning and the idea of unifying reasoning and search may be effective methods of reasoning at the web scale , [Berners-Lee, T., Hall, W., Hendler, J.A., O’Hara, K., Shadbolt, N. and Weitzner, D.J. A Framework for Web science, Foundations and Trends in Web Science, 2006, 1(1): 1-130.] .

From retrieval model perspective, knowledge retrieval systems focus on semantics and better organisation of information. Data retrieval and information retrieval organize the data and documents by indexing, while knowledge retrieval organize information by indicating connections between elements in those documents.

Frameworks for Knowledge Retrieval systems

From computer science perspective, In Chen, B.C. and Hsiang, J. A logic framework of knowledge retrieval with fuzziness, Proceedings of the 2004 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence, 2004: 524-528.] a logic framework concentrating on fuzziness of knowledge queries has been proposed and investegated in detals. In some markup language for knowledge reasoning and relevant strategies are investigated, which can be considered as possible logic reasoning foundations for text based knowledge retrieval.

From cognitive science perspective, especially from cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience perspective, In Tranel, Daniel, Damasio, Antonio. The neurobiology of knowledge retrieval. Behavioral and Brain Science, 22(2): 303-303, 1999.] and [Jennifer H. Pfeifer, Matthew D. Lieberman, Mirella Dapretto. “I Know You Are But What Am I?!”: Neural Bases of Self-and Social Knowledge Retrieval in Children and Adults, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 19(8), MIT Press, August 2007.] , the neurobiological basis for knowledge retrieval in the human brain is investigated, which serves as a cognitive model for knowledge retrieval.

Knowledge Retrieval related Disciplines

Knowledge retrieval can draw results from the following related theories and technologies:

- Theory of Knowledge: knowledge acquisition, knowledge organization, knowledge representation, knowledge validation, knowledge management.

- Cognitive Science: cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, cognitive informatics, concept formation and learning, decision making, human-computer interaction.

- Machine Learning and Knowledge Discovery: preprocessing, classification, clustering, prediction, postprocessing, statistical learning theory.

- Logic and Inference: propositional logic, predicate logic, attribute logic, universal logic, inductive inference, deductive inference, associative reasoning, analogical reasoning, approximate reasoning.

- Information Technology: information theory, information science, information retrieval, database systems, knowledge-based systems, rule-based systems, expert systems, decision support systems, intelligent agent technology.

- Linguistics: computational linguistics, natural language understanding, natural language processing.

Topics listed under each entry serve as examples and do not form a complete list. And many related disciplines should be added as the field grows mature.


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