Fuzzy Logic and the Semantic Web

E Sanchez

Publisher Elsevier
ISBN 978-0-444-51948-1
RRP £83
Reviewed by Jason Ross CEng MBCS CITP
Score 8 out of 10

FuzzyLogic This is the first of a series of books by Elsevier, which aims to describe research from all disciplines regarding intelligent artificial systems. This book aims to cover how and why fuzzy logic can aid in the development of the semantic web, enabling computers to actually 'understand' the meaning of the data on web pages, and to search for pages by meaning rather than just the key words or phrases used by current search engines.

The book consists of academic papers, grouped by general topics such as fuzzy description logics, search and protoforms, information retrieval and information processing.

Perhaps unsurprisingly the tone is academic and somewhat dry, rather than the more personable approach taken by most books, although this is not necessarily a bad thing.

The ideas and principles presented are mostly high level - actual code samples are limited to occasional XML samples, although as the book progresses diagrams seem to become more frequent and help to clarify the ideas of the authors. As you might expect, most of the examples given are of mathematical formulae, algorithms and related graphs.

The problem with the book is that, being a collection of academic papers, it has the same problems as any other book with multiple authors - the style of the writing is not always consistent.

The book provides a good grounding in the possible applications of fuzzy logic in implementing the semantic web.

As the semantic web works its way from academic theory, through marketing hype to reality, there will come a time when software engineers will have to actually implement it. If you are likely to have that job, this book is a very good starting point.

At first glance, the cover price of £83 may seem rather expensive, but bearing in mind the specialist, at least for the moment, subject matter and the calibre of the contributors, which include Professor Lotfi Zadeh, it strikes me as reasonable.

Further information: Elsevier