Formal Concept Analysis on its Way from Mathematics to Computer Science

Gerd Stumme


In the last years, the main orientation of Formal Concept Analysis (FCA) has turned from mathematics towards computer science. This talk provides a review of this new orientation and analyzes why and how FCA and computer science attracted each other. It discusses FCA as a knowledge representation formalism using knowledge representation principles provided by Davis, Shrobe, and Szolovits. It then studies how and why mathematics-based researchers got attracted by computer science. We will argue for continuing this trend by integrating the two research areas FCA and Ontology Engineering.