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A method of using ontologies and propositions to intelligently identify relevant design rationale held in a semi-structured archive Disclosure Number: IPCOM000033629D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Dec-20
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Dec-20

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This article describes a solution for a intelligent agent to act as a librarian for design knowledge. The agent listens to a design discussion within an e-meeting and identifies related design rationale archived from previous meetings. The agent uses two specific techniques to identify a result set that is both sensitive and specific. Firstly, it structures design reasoning in terms of a formal notation known as QOC (Questions, Options, Criteria). Secondly it expolits a general purpose ontology capable of matching synonyms, antonyms, holoynms, meronyms, and other semantic relationships.