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[protege-owl] Ontology query

Samson Tu swt at
Fri Jan 29 10:58:23 PST 2010

 >> - Given the Individual Wouter, what is its location?

If you have "has_person" as inverse property of has_location, then you 
can make the DL query (Location and has_person value Wouter)

- What are the Individuals that are located in the Kitchen?

DL query (Person and has_location value Kitchen)

On 1/29/2010 10:25 AM, Thomas Russ wrote:
> On Jan 29, 2010, at 7:26 AM, Wouter Theetaert wrote:
>> Dear all,
>> I have an ontology which looks like this:
>> - Classes: 'Person', 'Location'
>> - Properties: 'hasLocation'
>> - Individuals: 'Wouter' (of class Person), 'Kitchen' (of class Location).
>> Using the latest version of the OWL API (v3), it's no problem to add
>> 'Wouter hasLocation Kitchen' to the ontology. Indeed, when I look at
>> the ontology with Protege afterwards, 'hasLocation Kitchen' is added
>> to the Individual 'Wouter'.
>> I would like to get around the other way, now. Given the Individual
>> Wouter, I want to know its location. This is in fact some kind of
>> query, but after spending hours on Google, I still didn't find out how
>> to do that. This are the queries I want to execute:
>> - Given the Individual Wouter, what is its location? ('Wouter
>> hasLocation Kitchen' is added to the ontology, so I want the
>> Individual 'Kitchen' as a response).
> This is a bit indirect, but you can use the API functions to build a
> query like that.
> 1. Use OWLIndividual.getObjectPropertyValues to get a Map of
> ObjectPropertyExpression to Sets of individuals
> 2. Use the ObjectProperty object for "hasLocation" as the key into this
> map. The resulting set are the fillers
> or it also looks like you could use a reasoner
> 1. Create a reasoner
> 2. Use OWLReasoner.getRelatedIndividuals (actually its on
> OWLIndividualReasoner)
>> - What are the Individuals that are located in the Kitchen? (the
>> response should be 'Wouter', in this case).
> This is a bit trickier to do through the API unless you define an
> inverse property. The SQWRL solution is a bit nicer.
> It really looks like you would have to go through all of the property
> axioms to find those with the right property and value. If you need
> this, then creating an inverse property would make sense. You may be
> able to create one programmatically and use it with the reasoner, but I
> haven't tried this.
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