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Research on multimedia information retrieval (MIR) has recently witnessed a booming interest. A prominent feature of this research trend is its simultaneous but independent materialization within several fields of computer science. The resulting richness of paradigms, methods and systems may, on the long run, result in a fragmentation of efforts and slow(More)
Data fragmentation is an important aspect of distributed database design, in which portions of relations, tailored to the specific needs of local applications, are defined to be further allocated to the sites of the computer network supporting the database system. In this paper we present a theory of fragmentation with overlapping fragments to study the(More)
This paper presents a novel model of co-reference knowledge, which is based on the distinction of (i) a model of a common reality, (ii) a model of an agent's opinion about reality, and (iii) a model of agents' opinions if they talk about the same object or not. Thereby it is for the first time possible to describe consistently the evolution of the agent's(More)
According to the logical model of Information Retrieval (IR), the task of IR can be described as the extraction, from a given document base, of those documents d that, given a query q, make the formula d ! q valid, where d and q are formulae of the chosen logic and \!" denotes the brand of logical implication formalized by the logic in question. In this(More)
An approach to the document-retrieval problem that aims to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of document-retrieval systems by exploiting the semantic contents of the documents is presented. The document retrieval problem is delineated, and conceptual document modeling basics and requirements are discussed. An experimental system, the Multimedia(More)
This paper considers Peer-to-Peer systems in which peers employ taxonomies for describing the contents of their objects and for formulating semantic-based queries to the other peers of the system. As each peer can use its own taxonomy, peers are equipped with inter-taxonomy mappings in order to carry out the required translation tasks. As these systems are(More)
Images are a communication medium, hence objects of a linguistic nature having a form and a content. The form of an image is the image appearance and is understood as depicting a scene, the image content. The relationship between the form of an image and its content is established through a process of interpretation, capturing the meaning of the image form.(More)