Large scale distributed spatio-temporal reasoning using real-world knowledge graphs

Matthew Mantle, Sotirios Batsakis, Grigoris Antoniou

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Most of the existing work in the field of Qualitative Spatial Temporal Reasoning (QSTR) has focussed on comparatively small constraint networks that consist of hundreds or at most thousands of relations. Recently we have seen the emergence of much larger qualitative spatial knowledge graphs that feature hundreds of thousands and millions of relations. Traditional approaches to QSTR are unable to reason over networks of such size.

In this article we describe ParQR, a parallel, distributed implementation of QSTR techniques that addresses the challenge of reasoning over large-scale qualitative spatial and temporal datasets. We have implemented ParQR using the Apache Spark framework, and evaluated our approach using both large scale synthetic datasets and real-world knowledge graphs. We show that our approach scales effectively, is able to handle constraint networks consisting of millions of relations, and outperforms current distributed implementations of QSTR.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214-226
Number of pages13
JournalKnowledge-Based Systems
Early online date30 Aug 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


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