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Counting Query Answers over a DL-Lite Knowledge Base

UNIBZ, Italy
Diego Calvanese
UNIBZ, Italy
Davide Lanti
Julien Corman, Simon Razniewski
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International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2020)
Yet to be published
May 28, 2020
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Counting answers to a query is an operation supported by virtually all database management systems. In this paper we focus on counting answers over a Knowledge Base (KB), which may be viewed as a database enriched with background knowledge about the domain under consideration. In particular, we place our work in the context of Ontology-Mediated Query Answering/Ontology-based Data Access (OMQA/OBDA), where the language used for the ontology is a member of the DL-Lite family and the data is a (usually virtual) set of assertions. We study the data complexity of query answering, for different members of the DL-Lite family that include number restrictions, and for variants of conjunctive queries with counting that differ with respect to their shape (connected, branching, rooted). We improve upon existing results by providing P and coNP lower bounds, and upper bounds in P and LogSpace. For the LogSpace case, we have devised a novel query rewriting technique into first-order logic with counting.

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