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Chaining Multiple Queries

Protege-Frames User's Guide
The Queries Tab
The Query Editor
The Search Results Pane
The Query Library Pane
Creating a Single Query
Combining Multiple Queries
Chaining Multiple Queries
Running a Query
Saving a Query
Retrieving a Query
Clearing a Query
Exporting Query Results
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Queries saved in the Query Library can be used as matching values for slots of type Instance. When you do this, the resulting query looks for instances where the slot value is a search result for the specified query.

Often, when you need to create a query of this type, you will look at a class that has a slot of type Instance and want to know which of those instances have a certain property. When you create the combined query, you need to create the query for the property first, and then create the query for the class.

For example, the query "Articles whose Authors are highly paid" looks for instances of the Class Article whose value at the slot author is also a valid result of the query "People with salary greater than 100,000".

People with salary greater than 100,000

Articles whose Authors are highly paid

You do not have to use a slot in either query. If you just use a class, you will find all instances of that class and its subclasses.

To create a query of this type, you need to make sure the two queries satisfy the following:

  • The slot value for Query B, the query that contains another query, must be one of the following:

    • a slot of type Instance

    • empty (in this case, you must select a class)

  • For the final chained query to be meaningful, Query A (the query that will be used inside the other query) must have results that intersect the possible inputs for Query B. If Query A has a slot, the domain for the slot should intersect the Allowed Classes for the slot of type Instance in Query B. If Query A does not have a slot, the subclasses of the class in Query should intersect the subclasses of the Allowed Classes for the slot of type Instance in Query B.

To create a query of this type

  1. Create an initial query.

  2. Save this query in the Query Library.

  3. Clear the current query.

  4. Select the Class and/or Slot you want for the second query.

  5. Select contains or does not contain from the menu.

  6. Click the Add Query (queries_query) button.

    Note: You may have some trouble getting this to display. If you do, try switching to another tab and then returning to the Queries tab. If that doesn't work, try retrieving the "Articles whose authors are highly paid" query from the Query Library, then clearing it and recreating your query. You may still have to switch to another tab after you have entered your slot, but this should work.

  7. A Pick Query dialog displays the saved queries.

    Pick Query dialog
  8. Select the query you want and click OK.

You can also combine chained queries with other queries.