On-Demand Relational Concept Analysis

Formal Concept Analysis (FCA) and its associated conceptual structures is used to support exploratory search through conceptual navigation. Relational Concept Analysis (RCA) is an extension of Formal Concept Analysis to process relational datasets. RCA and its multiple interconnected structures represent good candidates to support exploratory search in relational datasets, as they are enabling navigation within a structure as well as between the connected structures. However, building the entire structures does not present an efficient solution to explore a small localised area of the dataset, to retrieve the closest alternatives to a given query. In these cases, generating only a concept and its neighbour concepts at each navigation step  appears as a less costly alternative. In this paper, we propose an algorithm to compute a concept, and its neighbourhood in connected concept lattices. The concepts are generated directly from the relational context family, and  possess both formal and relational attributes. The algorithm takes into account two RCA scaling operators and it is implemented in the RCAExplore tool.

Keywords: Relational Concept Analysis, Formal Concept Analysis, Exploratory Search, On-demand Generation, Local Generation

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