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Computing Methodologies


There is an urgent need for sound approaches to integrative and collaborative analysis of large, autonomous (and hence, inevitably semantically heterogeneous) data sources in several increasingly data-rich application domains. In this paper, we precisely formulate and solve the problem of learning classifiers from such data sources, in a setting where each data source has a hierarchical ontology associated with it and semantic correspondences between data source ontologies and a user ontology are supplied. given user-supplied semantic correspondences between data source ontologies and the user ontology. The proposed approach yields algorithms for learning a broad class of classifiers (including Bayesian networks, decision trees, etc.) from semantically heterogeneous distributed data with strong performance guarantees relative to their centralized counterparts. We illustrate the application of the proposed approach in the case of learning Naive Bayes classifiers from distributed, ontology-extended data sources.