Towards Semantically Enhanced Data Understanding

Markus Schröder, Christian Jilek, Jörn Hees, Andreas Dengel

In: Computing Research Repository eprint Journal (CoRR) abs/1806.04952 Pages 1-4 arXiv 2018.


In the field of machine learning, data understanding is the practice of getting initial insights in unknown datasets. Such knowledge-intensive tasks require a lot of documentation, which is necessary for data scientists to grasp the meaning of the data. Usually, documentation is separate from the data in various external documents, diagrams, spreadsheets and tools which causes considerable look up overhead. Moreover, other supporting applications are not able to consume and utilize such unstructured data. That is why we propose a methodology that uses a single semantic model that interlinks data with its documentation. Hence, data scientists are able to directly look up the connected information about the data by simply following links. Equally, they can browse the documentation which always refers to the data. Furthermore, the model can be used by other approaches providing additional support, like searching, comparing, integrating or visualizing data. To showcase our approach we also demonstrate an early prototype.

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz