swrlx:makeOWLThing is creating only one individual


Using Protege and SWRL tab, I have the ontology mentioned hereinafter. It is composed of the Class Test and the class Shadow, where Test has three individuals t1, t2, t3. I was trying to define an SWRL rule that creates an individual of Shadow class for each existing individual of Test, the rule is

Test(?x) ^ swrlx:makeOWLThing(?new, ?x) -> Shadow(?new)


<ol><li>Only one individual of Shadow, named fred is created, instead of three (corresponding to t1, t2, t3).</li> <li>

How to control the naming of the resulting individual which is always named fred?

Prefix(:=<http://www.semanticweb.org/hilal/ontologies/2016/5/untitled- ontology-58#>) Prefix(owl:=<http://www.w3.org/2002/07/owl#>) Prefix(rdf:=<http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#>) Prefix(xml:=<http://www.w3.org/XML/1998/namespace>) Prefix(xsd:=<http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema#>) Prefix(rdfs:=<http://www.w3.org/2000/01/rdf-schema#>) Ontology(<http://www.semanticweb.org/hilal/ontologies/2016/5/untitled- ontology-58> Declaration(Class(:Shadow)) Declaration(Class(:Test)) Declaration(NamedIndividual(:t1)) Declaration(NamedIndividual(:t2)) Declaration(NamedIndividual(:t3)) Declaration(AnnotationProperty(<http://swrl.stanford.edu/ontologies/3.3/swrla.owl#isRuleEnabled>)) ############################ # Named Individuals ############################ # Individual: :t1 (:t1) ClassAssertion(:Test :t1) # Individual: :t2 (:t2) ClassAssertion(:Test :t2) # Individual: :t3 (:t3) ClassAssertion(:Test :t3) DLSafeRule(Annotation(<http://swrl.stanford.edu/ontologies/3.3/swrla.owl#isRuleEnabled> "true"^^xsd:boolean) Annotation(rdfs:comment ""^^xsd:string) Annotation(rdfs:label "S1"^^xsd:string) Body(BuiltInAtom(<http://swrl.stanford.edu/ontologies/built-ins/3.3/swrlx.owl#makeOWLThing> Variable(<new>) Variable(<x>)) ClassAtom(:Test Variable(<x>)))Head(ClassAtom(:Shadow Variable(<new>)))) ) </li> </ol>


SWRL rules cannot create new individuals, as far as I understand the DL Safe conditions.


In the comments, you linked to <a href="http://wiki.ruleml.org/index.php/SWRL" rel="nofollow">an article</a> describing the semantics of that extension:


One of the the first built-ins I implemented provided the ability to create new individuals in a controlled manner. There is a detailed explanation in [2], but basically a built-in called swrlx:makeOWLThing creates a new individual and binds it to its first unbound argument; a new individual is created for each unique pattern of the remaining arguments.


Now, let's take a look at your rule as written in the question:


Test(?x) ^ swrlx:makeOWLThing(?new, ?x) -> Shadow(?new)


If the atoms are processed from left to right, then ?x should be bound when makeOWLThing is encountered, but ?new isn't. That means that you should get a new individuals bound to the variable ?new, and for each value of ?x you should get a different value of ?new. That's what it sounds like you want. However, in the code you posted, I see this:

DLSafeRule( Annotation(<http://swrl.stanford.edu/ontologies/3.3/swrla.owl#isRuleEnabled> "true"^^xsd:boolean) Annotation(rdfs:comment ""^^xsd:string) Annotation(rdfs:label "S1"^^xsd:string) Body( BuiltInAtom(<http://swrl.stanford.edu/ontologies/built-ins/3.3/swrlx.owl#makeOWLThing> Variable(<new>) Variable(<x>)) ClassAtom(:Test Variable(<x>))) Head( ClassAtom(:Shadow Variable(<new>)))) )

I'm not certain, but if that's processed from left to right as well, the <strong>makeOWLThing(?new,?x)</strong> appears <em>first</em>, in which case ?x would be unbound when the new individual is created, so you'd only get one new individual.


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