A study on the ontology building methodology for diseases of mind diagnosis

Date11 May 2015
Published date11 May 2015
AuthorHyeongi Baek,Mun Koo Kang
A study on the ontology building
methodology for diseases of
mind diagnosis
Hyeongi Baek
The Institute of Mind Humanities, Wonkwang University,
Iksan-si, Republic of Korea, and
Mun Koo Kang
Department of English Education, Kongju National University,
Gongju-Si, Republic of Korea
Purpose – The purpose of this study was to construct a mind counseling ontology to efciently
facilitate the diagnosis of the diseases of mind. To determine the structure of mind counseling ontology,
this study conducted analysis on structural forms available in counseling books and other related elds
and adopted essential ones in the explanation of counseling. The processing of the diseases of mind was
divided into three stages: cause, symptoms and counseling. The stages were analyzed one by one in
terms of process, functional elements and relevant technique necessary at each stage.
Design/methodology/approach – In the mind counseling list, there are 12 different diagnoses of
diseases of mind that are classied into four classes. Thus, the causes, symptoms, prescription and
medical history for 12 diseases of mind are dened as a higher rank concept of mind counseling
ontology. The causes, symptoms, prescription and medical history consist of denition, affective
characteristics and related factors, while the potential diagnosis consists of denition and risk factor.
This information does specify detailed notions in the diagnosis of diseases of mind, but considering the
limitation of not being able to represent all the diseases, this study enables a counseling center to give
and use individual denitions of diagnostic terminology of their own.
Findings – This study adopted the top-down approach, in which mind counseling ontology denes a
higher rank concept, the terminology in diagnosing diseases of mind, based on the list of terms from the
counseling record that species the abstract concepts of the diagnosis. The bottom-up approach was
also incorporated, which denes the diagnostic terms extracted from the counseling record as a
subordinate concept of the mind counseling ontology. Thus, the development of the mind counseling
ontology involves the combination of top-down and bottom-up approaches to the construction of
Originality/value – This research has signicance in that it deals with the fundamental problem of
the mind aiming for a true change and healing of it, which is the ultimate purpose of this ontology,
especially in the circumstances where research on ontology in diagnosing the diseases of mind is
Keywords RDF, RDFS, Ontology, Mind diagnosis, Ontology building methodology, OWL
Paper type Research paper
“This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) Grant funded by
the Korean Government (MEST) (NRF-2010-361-A00008).”
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Received 10 November 2013
Revised 20 February 2014
Accepted 4 March 2014
Journalof Systems and
Vol.17 No. 2, 2015
©Emerald Group Publishing Limited
DOI 10.1108/JSIT-11-2013-0059

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