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Volume 2017, Article ID 5072427, 13 pages
Research Article

Intelligent Learning for Knowledge Graph towards Geological Data

Yueqin Zhu,1,2 Wenwen Zhou,2,3,4 Yang Xu,2,3,4 Ji Liu,2,3,4 and Yongjie Tan1,2

1Development and Research Center, China Geological Survey, Beijing 100037, China
2Key Laboratory of Geological Information Technology, Ministry of Land and Resources, Beijing 100037, China
3School of Computer and Communication Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB), Beijing 100083, China
4Beijing Key Laboratory of Knowledge Engineering for Materials Science, Beijing 100083, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Yueqin Zhu; moc.621@uhz_niqeuy and Yang Xu;

Received 14 September 2016; Revised 21 December 2016; Accepted 12 January 2017; Published 16 February 2017

Academic Editor: HuaPing Liu

Copyright © 2017 Yueqin Zhu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Knowledge graph (KG) as a popular semantic network has been widely used. It provides an effective way to describe semantic entities and their relationships by extending ontology in the entity level. This article focuses on the application of KG in the traditional geological field and proposes a novel method to construct KG. On the basis of natural language processing (NLP) and data mining (DM) algorithms, we analyze those key technologies for designing a KG towards geological data, including geological knowledge extraction and semantic association. Through this typical geological ontology extracting on a large number of geological documents and open linked data, the semantic interconnection is achieved, KG framework for geological data is designed, application system of KG towards geological data is constructed, and dynamic updating of the geological information is completed accordingly. Specifically, unsupervised intelligent learning method using linked open data is incorporated into the geological document preprocessing, which generates a geological domain vocabulary ultimately. Furthermore, some application cases in the KG system are provided to show the effectiveness and efficiency of our proposed intelligent learning approach for KG.

1. Introduction

Geological data is a variety of data and information accumulated in the geological research work and practical activities. Generally, the types of geological data are in a wide variety, including geological documents, geological books, geological information and journals, physical specimens, and electronic file data [13]. Due to the technical reasons, traditional storage modes may lead to the operations inefficient in queries, statistics, and updates; then they are not conducive to the application of checking, querying, and mining, which means the low ability of data services.

With the increasing economic and society, in the field of geological survey, geological data sharing service has become an important tool to measure the level of social and business management, which is significant in ensuring the sustainable development of geological work. The features of geological data include increasing volume, complex type, and long response time. Aiming at the geological application problems, the intelligent analysis and deep mining of geological data could reduce the repetitive working and the risk of geological survey [4, 5].

In recent years, knowledge service based on the knowledge graph (KG) technology and the search technology of semantic web has become a research hot spot in information service. In this case, the KG arises at the historic moment [610]. Drawing KG and conducting intelligent search based on KG have formed a mature methodology. For example, in Chinese, Sogou Knowledge Cube is the first KG introduced into the domestic search engine [11], which makes a reoptimization of search results through the integration of massive Internet fragmented information, and presents the core of the information to users. Baidu Zhixin is a new generation of Baidu search engine technology based on its KG [12]. There are four steps in the process of constructing the KG, including the named entity mining, attribute-value pair (AVP) mining, upper and lower relation mining, and related entity mining. Although there are some successful applications, it still has room for developing KG, and the applications still should be further strengthen, especially for the geological data.

In this article, the KG construction technology is applied in geology to implement intelligent analysis and deep mining of geological data. Through an unsupervised knowledge learning method for open data sources, we not only achieve self-learning process for a set of documents, but also form a geology glossary and complete the construction of KG. Through the research along this topic, promoting the geological materials information and social services has important value for the realization of intelligent geological survey.

The contributions of this article are as follows:(1)On the basis of linked open data and ontology learning strategy, we achieve the unsupervised learning and geological knowledge extraction for geological documents. Through the processing steps of word segmentation, web crawler, keywords extraction, and relation extraction, the processing of geological documents and the deep mining of geological information are implemented.(2)Through the use of geological data sample, the geological ontology library, including entities, geology dictionary, and semantic link are obtained. Firstly, we analyze the features of the geological data and acquire the geological ontology based on the geological knowledge extraction. Meanwhile, considering the specificity of the geological data, we design the corresponding entities combining with the geological dictionary and other specific documents. Secondly, through the processing of documents and web crawler using online encyclopedia, an expanded dictionary of geology and complete interconnection of semantic relations are proposed.(3)The KG towards geological data is proposed and the application system under Browser/Server (B/S) schema is also achieved. Through the optimization of semantic relations and the storage of our knowledge base, we develop a framework for the application of the KG towards geological data, on the basis of the self-processing and self-expanding technologies towards geological documents. Combined with HTML5, JSP, Servlet, JDBC, and other advanced technologies, a B/S-based application system of KG is designed to realize the documents importing and processing, the intermediate results presenting, and expert intervening.

The rest of this article is organized as follows. Section 2 provides an analysis for background regarding the features of geological data and KG. The details of the intelligent learning scheme for KG, including framework, key technologies, and algorithms, are proposed in Section 3. Furthermore, the evaluation for our developed KG is conducted on two application experiments in Section 4. Finally, a conclusion is provided in Section 5.

2. Backgrounds

2.1. The Features of Geological Data

In recent years, with the increasing demand of geological data in production units and social masses, the geological data services are facing the dual demands of “digitization” and “socialization.” It is necessary to improve the contents and methods of geological data services, promoting the government departments to adapt to the development of the situation and achieve the transformation from the archival results to the service product [13]. Due to the features of reusability, reprocessing, and long-term service, the data information in mining industry, which has been accumulated over the years, could be called “big data.” Generally, geological data is mainly composed of structured and unstructured diversity data generated from geological actions. Its features are summarized as “5V,” that is, volume, variety, value, velocity, and veracity.

The requirement of maintaining the type and quantity of geological data grows with the long-term accumulation for data. It includes various types of electronic file data, such as documents, maps, database (map database, spatial database, and attribute database), pictures, charts, videos, audio, which might be structured, semistructured, and unstructured. Due to the technical reasons, this storage mode makes data query, statistics, updates, and other operations to the data not only inefficient, but also detrimental to the application, such as check, query, and mining, which leads to the low capability to the data service. Hence, it is significant to exploring how to apply the concept and technology of big data to organize massive geological data in the field of geology effectively and achieve the corresponding services [14].

Generally, the diversified fragmentation of complex geological unstructured data is one of the most striking features. There are mainly three contents that reflect to the data analysis and mining processing, including the establishment of content index library, search, and clustering recommendation [15]. Although it has achieved some results on this aspect [16, 17], with the development of the intelligent geological survey, multicategory whose content extension organization and search application are based on geological domain ontology will be an important direction of geological data repository construction in the future [18]. In view of this aspect, we can try to use the semantic link technology based on KG to eliminate the ambiguity of search, which could make the search engine use the search based on entity instead of character string. In addition, the Internet could also be used to provide rich resources for the KG, in order to realize the semantic link of big data, intelligent analysis, and mining of the geological large data accurately and effectively.

2.2. Knowledge Graph (KG)

KG is also known as science knowledge graph, knowledge domain visualization, and knowledge domains map. It is a series of various graphs that show the development process of scientific knowledge and the structure relation [19]. It could describe the knowledge resource and its supporter, excavation, analysis, and construction and draw and display the knowledge and the mutual connection between them by using the visualization technology [6, 20, 21]. KG is a research method combining the theory and method of applied mathematics, graphics, information visualization technology, information science, and other disciplines with metrology citation analysis, cooccurrence analysis, and other methods to show the core framework, the history of development, the frontier domain, and overall knowledge structure of the discipline through visual graph. It shows the dynamic development of knowledge and the complex domain knowledge through data mining, information processing, knowledge measurement, and graphics rendering.

Most works regarding the KG originated from Google KG. It is essentially a semantic network. The nodes represent entities or concepts and the edges represent a variety of semantic relations between entities and concepts. Moreover, the motivation of KG is from a series of practical applications, including semantic search, machine answering, information retrieval, electronic reading, and online learning. Now, some companies, such as Baidu, Sogou, have launched their own KG.

Our researchers have developed many applications around KG, while illustrating different perspectives in their process. For example, in the process of visual analysis of Chinese science literature, it showed the time sequence distribution, journal distribution, and author distribution of scientific literature during the past 30 years [22]. According to cocitation analysis for the authors of the quotation in 24 kinds of information science core journals, the KG of information science was drawn [23]. Based on the example of education in China, KG was drawn to evaluate excellent scientific research institutions through word frequency analysis, high frequency author statistics, high yield author cooperative network, and other methods [24].

In addition to the above applications, many scholars have also carried out some works in KG. Hook showed that KG has four purposes (i.e., discovery, understanding, communication, and education) and six aspects of application (i.e., microcosmic display of specific areas, macroscopic visualization of subject, assisting in the education course teaching, saving document knowledge in coordination, facilitating the use of digital library, and displaying knowledge dissemination) [25]. It indicated that KG could be used in displaying the overall structure of the domain knowledge, analyzing retrieval result visually, grasping the overall knowledge of discipline and evolution situation of visualization knowledge, and grasping the rapid variation of the knowledge [26]. Meanwhile, information fusion as a key issue plays an important role in developing a KG. To deal with this issue, a novel approach was proposed for exemplar extraction through structured sparse, considering not only the reconstruction capability and the sparsity, but also the diversity and robustness [27]. Furthermore, based on previous work, a joint kernel sparse coding model was developed to solve the multifinger tactile sequence classification problem, where all of the coding vectors were encouraged to share the same sparsity support pattern [28].

KG applications increase rapidly in recent years, which cover some disciplines of natural science and social science, and show the osmotic tendency towards other disciplines. Drawing KG and mining KG have formed a high mature methodology. However, the function of KG has not been fully applied, and the application still needs to be further strengthened. So far, only little attention has been paid to the geological data field. Hence, it is necessary and important to consider these particular objects.

3. Intelligent Learning for Knowledge Graph

3.1. The System Framework

The construction of KG towards geological data consists of two logical components: knowledge extraction and knowledge management. The former mainly learns the corresponding geological knowledge through unsupervised processing and including five steps, which are word segmentation, frequency statistics, web crawler, keywords extraction, and relation extraction. The latter is basically composed of two parts: knowledge graph storage and retrieval. The specific processes are shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1: The logical structure of knowledge graph construction towards geological data.
3.2. Knowledge Extraction

Knowledge extraction is a key step in the construction of knowledge graph, as well as in the processing of geological documents. Knowledge extraction in this article, through an unsupervised knowledge learning method based on an open source, and the geological domain vocabulary and knowledge graph would be formed through the automatic learning of a large number of geological documents. The flow of knowledge extraction is shown in Figure 2.

Figure 2: The flow of knowledge extraction.

Knowledge extraction has three major steps, including data sources analysis, entity/concept extraction, and relation extraction.

3.2.1. The Analysis of the Available Data Sources

(1) Text. Texts are the most abundant data source. It is difficult to learn knowledge from texts due to their nonstructural property. In this article, we obtain a large number of geological professional texts from library.

(2) Internet Encyclopedia. Internet encyclopedias (e.g., Wikipedia, Baidu baike, and are the large-scale free encyclopedias that allow users to edit almost any article accessible. Through technical tools such as web crawler, we obtain knowledge from Internet encyclopedias continuously, which could be updated and expanded automatically.

Although the contents of encyclopedias exist with the form of web pages, there are still a lot of structured information. Since all of encyclopedias have their own classification system, category labels are used to organize a large number of entries. In general, each entry has category label, which could be used to label its own type. In addition, most of entries have multiple labels. For example, the category labels of “Steve Jobs” could be “20th-century American business people,” “American billionaires,” “American computer business people,” and many others in Wikipedia.

This article mainly focuses on Chinese information in Internet encyclopedias. Wikipedia is considered the Internet’s largest and most popular general reference book. However, Chinese content in Wikipedia is not perfect. On the one hand, the total number of entries is insufficient. And, the contents of the articles in Wikipedia are also relatively short, and some parts of them are translated from other languages directly, which are lacking the expression exactly in Chinese. Consequently, we make use of instead of Wikipedia as the data source of web crawler in this article.

3.2.2. Entity/Concept Extraction

Entity/concept extraction mainly starts from these two data sources. We could filter out entities or concepts of geology directly by combining the information after text processing with category labels of Therefore, the entity/concept extraction includes four bottom-up steps: word segmentation, frequency statistics, web crawler, and keywords extraction.

The technology of HanLP could be used in the word segmentation, stop word filtration, and frequency statistics. Motivated by the TextRank algorithm, word segmentation used in this article is as follows. First of all, we use HanLP standard tokenizer to process documents, which are divided into different parts of speech words. Secondly, the custom data dictionary and extended stop list are designed. Finally, we filter out the word with little relevance to retrieving content and only retain the designated part of speech through the method of TextRank algorithm. Meanwhile, we also filter out the stop words, so as to achieve the effect of keyword extraction.

In terms of web crawler, we mainly consider to crawl the category labels of entries in the Internet encyclopedia by an automated tool Selenium, which could open the HtmlUnit browser, search entries, and access to class label information via programming by custom. Specifically, the method for online encyclopedia crawler is as follows. When we want to get information about a word “,” we should open our browser first. Then, we search and open encyclopedia interface of “.” We can locate and save category label elements by XPath finally.

In terms of the keywords extraction, according to the geological dictionary and the category labels, we could exactly determine whether the words in the segmentation results belong to the geological keywords or not. Through the statistical characteristics of Wikipedia category labels, we extract some keywords, including geography, mining, marine, rock, hydrology, environment, natural disasters, biology, city, air, oil, roads, plants, energy, metallurgy, and civil. We put all crawled category labels into a map collection. By calling the containsKey method of map, we can determine whether the collected object contains the keywords, if the answer is yes, this object is defined as a geological entity.

3.2.3. Relation Extraction

The purpose of relation extraction is nontaxonomic relation extraction of the association rule analysis in data mining and the Internet encyclopedia. The correlation between two geological terminologies is acquired by association rule analysis. And the category relationship of terminologies is acquired through crawling Internet encyclopedia.

The basic principle of association rule is that if the two concepts or entities frequently appeared in the same unit (e.g., a document, a paragraph, or a sentence), we could make sure there exist some relationships between them. We do not care about the specific semantic relations between two concepts, but the correlated degree between them. Hence, judging the correlated degree between two concepts through cooccurrence analysis in a document is more important. With the increase of the number of documents processed, there would be a higher correlated degree if the two concepts frequently appeared together. This method is also motivated by the process of human reading and learning. However, this method is just suitable to be employed for dealing with large number of documents; when the number of documents is small, this method would be inefficient.

Meanwhile, the purpose of crawling Internet encyclopedia is to obtain relationships between concepts and entities by making use of the open data source in the online encyclopedia. As mentioned above, here we mainly consider the category relationships.

Using the above two methods, the rule of our relation extraction is as follows. In terms of correlated degree, we set a relational degree for each concept, where the initial value of is . After processing a document, the correlation between all the words which appeared in the document is increased by 1. The value of updates once in the process of dealing with document each time. Furthermore, each concept has category labels as their property.

3.3. Knowledge Management

Knowledge management considers how to show the knowledge acquired through above steps in a visualized way. The main technical methods are the database storage and retrieval.

3.3.1. Database Storage

Considering the actual needs of the geological field, the system uses MySQL database as the background database. MySQL database is one of the best relational database management systems in web application, which has a small size, fast storage and retrieval speed, and low cost.

In our system, the entities and relationships acquired by processing geological documents are stored in a special database. Through JDBC technology, the background database operations, such as CRUD, are allowed. There are five tables in our database. Table “articles” stores the information about the documents processed, including ID, name, added time, and local storage path of documents. Table “words” stores the information about the words filtered out from the results of segmentation, including ID, content, frequency, and category labels of words. Table “re_words_words” stores the correlation information between two geological terms.

The attributes of those tables in our background database are in Table 1.

Table 1: The attributes of tables in background database.
3.3.2. Knowledge Graph Retrieval

Retrieval can be carried out by users only after storing the knowledge extracted from documents in our database. Based on B/S working schema, the browser makes a post request to the back-end server after users input the search words. Meanwhile, back-end server responds to the request, getting the words submitted and the number of nodes that need to be rendered (it is set to 20 as a default value). The retrieved words are set to the key nodes and retrieved in our database. Then, it returns the results to the browser. The returned contents include ID, content and category labels of node, and ID of correlated documents.

3.3.3. Backstage Management System of KG

Backstage management system of KG is designed to facilitate the process of documents and the operation of database for users, mainly including login page, geological documents processing page, and expert intervention page.

Two login modes could be chosen when users enter the login page by inputting the URL in the browser. Users could enter the geological document processing page if logged in as an administrator. Users also could enter the page of expert intervention if logged in as an expert. The browser submits the form, including name, password, and login mode. Subsequently, the users authorization would be checked by server, and users could enter the relevant page after verified.

On the page of geological documents processing, users could input the document name and storage path. And background module gets the form data submitted by users when the button “submit” is clicked on. The background module enters the stage of document processing and the results are stored in background database if all of this input data is valid. On the page of expert intervention, the experts have the right to add and delete the correlation between two words. For example, when adding a correlation, the experts enter the two words in the input box and click the button “submit.” The browser submits these two words to the background module, and the background module judges whether there is a correlation between them or not. If the association does not exist, the background module would add a correlation, which is defined as “expert-defined.”

3.4. The Key Algorithms

The prototype system of KG towards geological big data is designed and accordingly implemented using B/S architecture and HTTP protocol, which includes natural language processing (NLP), data mining, web application development, and other related technologies. Key technologies and solutions involved during the process of system development are described as follows.

3.4.1. The Automatic Chinese Segmentation Technology: HanLP

HanLP is a Java toolkit composed of a series of models and algorithms, whose target is to promote the application of NLP in the production environment. HanLP supports Chinese word segmentation. Its functions include shortest path word segmentation, CRF word segmentation, index word segmentation, and user defined dictionary. Specifically, they are named entity recognition, keyword extraction, phrase extraction, Pinyin conversion, conversion between simplified and complex, and dependency parsing (i.e., MaxEnt dependency parsing, CRF dependency parsing). The characteristics of HanLP are perfect function, efficient performance, clear architecture, new corpus, and being customizable.

(1) TextRank Algorithm. Making the use of TextRank for Chinese word segmentation mainly includes word segmentation, delete stop words, and iterative voting. The basic idea of TextRank Chinese word segmentation is as follows: dividing the original text into sentences first, filtering out the withdrawal in each sentence, and only retaining the specified part of speech word. From it, we could get a set of sentences and a set of words. Then each word would be as a node in the TextRank by using the method of matrix iterative convergence [29]. The window size is set to , and we assume that a sentence is constructed by the following words: where are all in a window. There is an undirected and unweighted edge between any two words corresponding to the node in a window.

With the above composition diagram, we could calculate the weight of each word node. Then, the iterative formula in TextRank algorithm is as follows: where is a damping factor, is a given node, are the set of nodes that point to it (predecessors), is the set of nodes that node points to (successors), and is the weight of node .

(2) User Defined Dictionary. HanLP word segmentation supports the function of custom dictionary, where our custom dictionary designed is shown in Figure 3.

Figure 3: User defined dictionary.

We add a large number of words that could help the word segmentation of geological documents in the custom dictionary effectively. Here, the “CustomDictionary” includes 21,742 geological words, the “OrganizationDictionary” includes 31,926 institutional nouns, the “ChinesePlaceDictionary” includes 90,558 place names, the “PeopleNameDictionary” includes 50,192 personal names, and the “ModernChineseDictionary” includes 207,964 modern Chinese additional words. Among them, “CustomDictionary” is a dictionary defined by a global user which could add, delete, and affect all word segmentation at any time.

3.4.2. Internet Encyclopedia Crawler Based on Selenium

On the basis of our analysis mentioned above, it is effective and efficient to integrate the online encyclopedia crawler technology into the processing flow of geological documents, which need to get the category labels of words obtained by word segmentation in Wikipedia. The mainstream method of crawler is implemented using URL address webs which can be obtained through depth or breadth first search strategy. Here, the web site that we need to crawl is fixed (i.e.,, and we already have the target word (i.e., word segmentation results). Then, it is available to introduce the automated crawler technology. Here, we use Selenium automated crawler.

Selenium automation test browser is mainly applied to the automated testing of the web application, while supporting all management task automation based on web. By embedding the Selenium IDE plug-in into the browser, the recording and playback functions of a simple browser operation could be achieved.

It should be noted that Selenium provides a highly rapid and convenient way for the fixed web crawler. Here, we use Selenium to control HtmlUnit, a virtual browser that Java comes with, which serves the purpose of automated crawler. The specific process mainly includes opening the HtmlUnit browser, reading a search word “,” retrieving by opening the encyclopedia interface of the retrieved word “,” getting category labels according to category label elements by XPath, and finally closing the browser.

Implementation details of Internet encyclopedia crawler are as follows:(1)Open HtmlUnit browser: static final WebDriver driver = new HtmlUnitDriver()(2)Open the interface of search word “”: driver.get(“”+n)(3)Locate the label element:

ListWebElement elements = driver.findElements(By.xpath(“//dL[@id=‘show_tag’]/dd/a”))

3.4.3. Java Web Development Based on Servlet and Java Server Pages (JSP)

Java Servlet is a Java program that extends the capabilities of a server. Although Servlets could respond to any types of requests, they implement applications hosted on web servers usually. Such Web Servlets are the Java counterpart to other dynamic web content technologies, such as PHP and ASP.NET.

Servlets are often used to process and store a Java class in Java EE that conforms to the Java Servlet API, a standard for implementing Java classes which could respond to the requests. And, Servlets could communicate over any clientCserver protocol, but they are often used with the HTTP protocol. So, “Servlet” is often used as shorthand for “HTTP Servlet.” Thus, a software developer should use a Servlet to add dynamic content to a web server by using the Java platform. The generated content is HTML but may be other data such as XML. Servlets could maintain state in session variables across many server transactions by using HTTP cookies or rewriting URLs.

Servlets could be generated from JSP by the JavaServer pages compiler automatically. Architecturally, JSP could be viewed as a high-level abstraction of Java Servlets. It allows Java code and certain predefined actions to be interleaved with static web markup content, such as HTML, with the resulting page being compiled and executed on the server to deliver a document. JSP are translated into Servlets at runtime, and each JSP Servlet is cached and reused until the original JSP is modified.

Servlets can complete the following tasks:(1)The web container initializes the Servlet instance; then the Servlet instance could read data that has been provided in the HTTP request.(2)The Servlet instance could create and return a dynamic response page to the client.(3)The Servlet instance could access server resources, such as files and database.(4)The Servlet instance could prepare dynamic data for the JSP and create a response page with JSP.

In this article, the Servlets and their key functions that we design under com.servlet package are shown in Table 2.

Table 2: The Servlets and their key functions.

In summary, the software platforms and development environments in our system are as follows. Operating system is Windows 7. Programming language is Java. Programming environment is MyEclipse 10. Web development environment is Tomcat + Severlet + JSP. Web crawler environment is Selenium + HtmlUnit.

4. Experiments and Evaluation

4.1. Processing for a Single Document

Processing for a single geological document is as shown in Figure 4. We can see that user who logs as the administrator enters the document processing page. Then, the user inputs the name and storage path of document and clicks on the submit button. A background module gets the form data submitted by the administrator and determines if this document exists in the local path. The background module enters the stage of document processing when all of this input data are valid. The document is converted into a long string. Then the background module would cut word segmentation by HanLP, filter out stop word, and select out the geological terminologies. The result after intermediate processing is showed in the document processing page.

Figure 4: Processing for geological documents.

The document is processed using the similar method in [30].

4.1.1. The Result Analysis of Segmentation

(1)Some results of segmentation in our KG system are shown in Figure 5. After translating it from Chinese into English, the updated version of Figure 5 is shown in Figure 6.(2)Some results of segmentation by NLPIR systems of Beijing Institute of Technology [31], which is a popular NLP system, are shown in Figure 7. After translating it from Chinese into English, the updated version of Figure 7 is shown in Figure 8.

Figure 5: Some results of segmentation.
Figure 6: The updated version of Figure 5 after translating it from Chinese into English.
Figure 7: Some results of segmentation in NLPIR system.
Figure 8: The updated version of Figure 7 after translating it from Chinese into English.

According to the process in [30], some results of segmentation in our KG system are showed in Figure 5. Meanwhile, Figure 6 shows some results of segmentation in NLPIR systems. By comparing these two figures, we can find that the results processed in our system are more valuable and satisfactory. For example, to these geological terminologies, such as “陆块 (North China craton),” “高于庄组 (Gaoyuzhuang Formation),” “下马岭组 (Xiamaling Formation),” “铁岭组 (Tieling Formation),” and “吕梁运动 (Luliang Movement),” our KG system can accurately cut word segmentation. However, in NLPIR systems, many geological terminologies are cut inaccurately.

4.1.2. Word Frequency Statistics

The results of word frequency statistics are as shown in Figure 9. After translating it from Chinese into English, the updated version of Figure 9 is shown in Figure 10. We can see that our system can count word frequency correctly for the result set of segmentation, such as “杨庄组 (Yangzhuang Formation)/13,” “下马岭组 (Xiamaling Formation)/8,” “长石石英砂岩 (Feldspathic Quartz Sandstone)/1,” and “同位素年 (Isotope Age)/1.”

Figure 9: The results of word frequency statistics.
Figure 10: The updated version of Figure 9 after translating it from Chinese into English.
4.1.3. Keywords Extraction

Figure 11 shows the results of keywords extraction. We normally consider that the terminologies contained in the title and subtitles are basically the keywords for the document. Therefore, the result of keywords extraction in Figure 11 includes the critical position “陆块 (North China Craton),” three key stratigraphic units “高于庄组 (Gaoyuzhuang Formation),” “杨庄组 (Yangzhuang Formation),” and “下马岭组 (Xiamaling Formation),” the key stratigraphic unit “元古界 (Proterozoic Erathem),” and the major stratigraphic relationship “不整合 (Unconformities).” In summary, our keywords extraction has satisfying results.

Figure 11: The results of keywords extraction.
4.1.4. Internet Encyclopedia Crawler

The results of category labels crawled from the Internet encyclopedia ( are as shown in Figure 12, including geological terminologies of segmentation result sets and the category labels. After translating it from Chinese into English, the updated version of Figure 12 is shown in Figure 13.

Figure 12: The results of Internet encyclopedia crawler.
Figure 13: The updated version of Figure 12 after translating it from Chinese into English.
4.2. Searching in KG

The specific process of retrieval in KG is shown in Figure 14. We can see from this figure that the first step users need to do is to input the retrieved word and click on the “search” button. Background module gets the form data submitted by the user and sets it as the key node. Furthermore, the background module retrieves in our database to filter out the terminologies that have a relational degree with the key node in top 20 (default) and shows them in a graph.

Figure 14: The specific process of retrieval.
4.2.1. The Comparison of Different Retrieval Processing Stages

(1)After processing one geological document, the results of retrieving “变质岩 (metamorphic rock)” are in Figure 15.(2)After processing 100 geological documents, the results of retrieving “变质岩 (metamorphic rock)” are in Figure 16.

Figure 15: An experimental result after processing one geological document.
Figure 16: An experimental result after processing 100 geological documents.

Figures 15 and 16 show the results of the KG retrieval. The orange node represents the retrieved word “变质岩 (metamorphic rock).” The blue nodes represent the terminologies, which have a top-20 relational degree with the orange node, such as “同位素年 (isotope age)” and “砂岩 (sandstone).” When the mouse is placed on some node, we could acquire its ID and category labels.

From the comparison of two retrieval processing stages, we could see that the results of KG have been improved with a growing number of documents processed. When the number of processed documents is 1, the retrieval results have little relevance with the retrieved word. However, when the number is 100, we could get entities that have a very close relationship with “变质岩 (metamorphic rock),” such as “花岗岩 (granite),” “岩浆 (magma),” and “火山 (volcanic rock).”

In addition, we could get the following information from the above results.(1)The top 20 geological terminologies associated with “变质岩 (metamorphic rock).”(2)The category labels for every geological terminology.(3)The ID of documents in which both words appear.

4.2.2. Searching More Words

Furthermore, some complicated phrases and sentences can also be processed correctly. For example, when inputting “侵入岩 (intrusive rock and sedimentary rock),” the background module can cut word segmentation into two keywords “侵入岩 (intrusive rock)” and “ (sedimentary rock),” retrieve them, and get the terminologies that have a relational degree with the key node in top 20. The results are as shown in Figure 17.

Figure 17: An experimental result after searching several key geological words.

Similarly, we could get the following information from the above results.(1)We can get the top 20 geological terminologies associated with “侵入岩 (intrusive rock)” and “ (sedimentary rock).”(2)We can get the category labels for every geological terminology in KG.(3)We can get the ID of documents in which both words appear.(4)While retrieving the two words, we can get the documents in which both words appear, and it achieves mining of implicit related documents.(5)In addition, we can see the following:(i)In terms of “侵入岩 (intrusive rock),” there exists a connecting line between “侵入岩 (intrusive rock)” and “花岗岩 (granite),” which means that there exists a high degree of correlation between them. However, there is no connecting line between “侵入岩 (intrusive rock)” and “泥岩 (mudstone),” which means that there exists a low correlation between them.(ii)In terms of “ (sedimentary rock),” there exists a connecting line between “ (sedimentary rock)” and “泥岩 (mudstone).” However, there is no connecting line between “ (sedimentary rock)” and “花岗岩 (granite).”

Geological professionals know that “泥岩 (mudstone)” is a kind of “ (sedimentary rock)” and “花岗岩 (granite)” is a kind of “侵入岩 (intrusive rock).” Hence, there is a high correlation between “侵入岩 (intrusive rock)” and “花岗岩 (granite),” as well as between “ (sedimentary rock)” and “泥岩 (mudstone).” All the results we could see from the KG are our acquired learning information after processing 100 documents. Through this example, we could indicate that our KG system could provide valuable and accurate information in most cases. The more documents we process, the more accurate correlations we can get from the KG system.

4.2.3. The Formation of Geological Domain Dictionary

When processing geological documents, new geological terminologies and their category labels are obtained from web crawler. And they are added in our expanded geological domain dictionary.

In our experiments, the original number of words in geological domain dictionary is 11,062. And after processing 100 documents, the number of words in geological dictionary is 13,227. Some results of geological domain dictionary are in Figure 18, including geological terminologies and their corresponding category labels.

Figure 18: The geological domain dictionary.

5. Conclusion

This article proposes a novel approach to constructing KG towards geological data. The proposed approach uses unsupervised learning method with linked open data to process geological documents and extract knowledge directly. Through this approach, we accordingly achieve an effective self-learning process for documents, form a geology glossary, and complete the construction of KG based on the technologies of documents processing and dictionary expanding. Furthermore, we design an application system of KG on the basis of B/S working schema. Finally, the test on a large number of geological documents is conducted and some satisfactory results are obtained. In the future work, aiming at the features of geological data, the knowledge extracting approach in the KG is further improved to get more accurate entities and relations.

Competing Interests

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this article.


This work was partially supported by the Special Funds Project for Scientific Research of Public Welfare Industry from the Ministry of Land and Resources of China under Grant 201511079 and the National Key Technologies R&D Program of China under Grant 2015BAK38B01.


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