A Brief Introduction to FCA

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Markus Krötzsch, Bernhard Ganter

A Brief Introduction to Formal Concept Analysis

Abstract. This introductory chapter to Conceptual Structures in Practice gives a quick overview of formal concept analysis (FCA) to provide necessary prerequisites for understanding the applied chapters later in the book. Besides essential notions like formal context, formal concept, and concept lattice, the chapter also specifically focusses on the aspect of (logic-based) knowledge representation in FCA, leading to the logic of attributes and to the important method of attribute exploration that is also applied in later chapters.

Published at Conceptual Structures in Practice (Book chapter)

(last update: May 20 2009)

Citation details

  • Markus Krötzsch, Bernhard Ganter. A Brief Introduction to Formal Concept Analysis. In Pascal Hitzler, Henrik Schärfe, eds.: Conceptual Structures in Practice, chapter 1, pp. 3–16. Chapman & HallProperty "Publisher" has a restricted application area and cannot be used as annotation property by a user. 2009.


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