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[protege-owl] SWRL Sequence

Martin O'Connor martin.oconnor at
Mon Jan 28 14:44:23 PST 2008

SWRL rules are essentially logical axioms and the execution order of a 
rule set should have no influence on the conclusions reached. There is 
no way to influence this order.

There is a primitive (and undocumented) rule grouping mechanism in the 
SWRLTab at the moment but it is only available through the API. The 
SWRLImp [1] class has an addRuleGroup method that can be used to assign 
rules to named groups. The SWRLRuleEngine [2] infer method can then be 
invoked with one or more group names and only rules in that group will 
be executed. I will be extending this mechanism in the near future.


Jibbi wrote:

>Hi everyone, 
>I developed ontology and run the SWRL rules over it, but this is all for
>simulation purpose (all on protégé platform, never deployed anywhere). As I
>know these SWRL rules will become the part of knowledge base. Now I wonder,
>when we’ll deploy our ontology, in which sequence these rule will fire (is
>that true, they will contain the same sequence as they appear in SWRL Tab),
>what will be the flow.
>Can we group the rules? can we define the sequence? 
>What I’m doing right now in Protégé, firing the rules by our own choice
>through SWRL Tab.
>For Deployment, on which server I can deploy my Ontology, do I’ve to provide
>Jess or Pellet jar files too?  
>thanks a lot 
>Najeeb Elahi

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