AKSW Colloquium, 23.05.2016, Instance Matching and RDF Dataset Similarity

In the incoming colloquium, Mofeed Hassan will present the paper “Semi-supervised Instance Matching Using Boosted Classifiers” from Kejriwal et al., published in the proceedings of ESWC 2015 [PDF].


Instance matching concerns identifying pairs of instances that refer to the same underlying entity. Current state-of-the-art instance matchers use machine learning methods. Supervised learning systems achieve good performance by training on significant amounts of manually labeled samples. To alleviate the labeling effort, this paper presents a minimally supervised instance matching approach that is able to deliver competitive performance using only 2% training data and little parameter tuning. As a first step, the classifier is trained in an ensemble setting using boosting. Iterative semi-supervised learning is used to improve the performance of the boosted classifier even further, by re-training it on the most confident samples labeled in the current iteration. Empirical evaluations on a suite of six publicly available benchmarks show that the proposed system outcompetes optimization-based minimally supervised approaches in 1-7 iterations. The system’s average F-Measure is shown to be within 2.5% of that of recent supervised systems that require more training samples for effective performance.

After that, Michael Röder will present his paper “Detecting Similar Linked Datasets Using Topic Modelling” that has been accepted by the upcoming ESWC 2016 [PDF].


The Web of data is growing continuously with respect to both the size and number of the datasets published. Porting a dataset to five-star Linked Data however requires the publisher of this dataset to link it with the already available linked datasets. Given the size and growth of the Linked Data Cloud, the current mostly manual approach used for detecting relevant datasets for linking is obsolete. We study the use of topic modelling for dataset search experimentally and present TAPIOCA, a linked dataset search engine that provides data publishers with similar existing datasets automatically. Our search engine uses a novel approach for determining the topical similarity of datasets. This approach relies on probabilistic topic modelling to determine related datasets by relying solely on the metadata of datasets. We evaluate our approach on a manually created gold standard and with a user study. Our evaluation shows that our algorithm outperforms a set of comparable baseline algorithms including standard search engines significantly by 6% F1-score. Moreover, we show that it can be used on a large real world dataset with a comparable performance.

About the AKSW Colloquium

This event is part of a series of events about Semantic Web technology. Please see http://wiki.aksw.org/Colloquium for further information about previous and future events. As always, Bachelor and Master students are able to get points for attendance and there is complimentary coffee and cake after the session.

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