Ergo Suite vs. Flora-2 (open source)
Ergo Suite is a full-featured, commercially supported, enterprise-ready platform tool for AI reasoning and semantic rules, with a uniquely comprehensive set of capabilities. Developed by Coherent’s team of industry leaders in semantic rule-based reasoning, it is based on major research advances in logic. Ergo Suite consists of two major components: Ergo Reasoner and Ergo Studio. Reasoner is a reasoning engine. Studio is an Integrated Development Environment for knowledge authoring, querying, testing, and debugging.
Ergo Reasoner was inspired by Flora-2, an open-source, community supported tool that was previously developed as a purely academic project by several members of the Coherent team. Coherent Knowledge supports the Flora-2 effort and contributes greatly to its ongoing maintenance and other development.
Ergo Suite greatly extends and enhances Flora-2.
The table below gives a detailed comparison of the capabilities of Ergo Suite to those of Flora-2.
|Support, Maintenance & Professional Services|
|Development Intensity||Active development: frequent releases, with enhancements and significant new features.||Infrequent releases, with minor improvements.
|Technical Support||Coherent provides full technical support, maintenance, and prioritized bug fixes to licensed Ergo customers.||Supported by a small community of volunteers. Occasional bug fixes.|
|Professional Services||Coherent offers additional support and custom enhancements, on a consulting basis.||—|
|Enterprise Integration and Deployment|
Development Environment (IDE)
|Ergo Studio, included in Ergo Suite, is a powerful IDE for developing applications with Ergo.||—|
|Enterprise Deployment||Support for virtualization, such as Docker. Coherent’s experienced deployment team integrates Ergo into current or legacy environments.||—|
|Java Interface||Enterprise grade Ergo-to-Java interface is more powerful and flexible than that of Flora-2.||Basic API.
|OWL/RDF Import||Ergo Suite supports importing and reasoning with OWL and RDF knowledge.||—|
|SPARQL Interface||SPARQL Endpoint querying interface included in Ergo Suite.||—|
|JSON Import/Export||JSON Import and Export included in Ergo Suite.||—|
(speed and scalability)
|Orders of magnitude faster for loading large data sets. Improved inferencing performance for dynamically changing complex knowledge bases. Faster compilation of complex knowledge.||Limited scalability, especially for large data sets.|
|Execution Monitoring and Analysis||Extensive tools for: real-time pausing, resuming, monitoring computation; diagnosing problems in performance and runaway recursion.||—|
|Explanations, Natural Language Support & More|
(justification of inferences)
|Detailed explanations for each query answer. Explanations in English. Source provenance. Comprehensive support for generating, presenting, and user-navigating explanations.||—|
|ErgoText||Knowledge entry and querying via natural language sentence templates.||—|
|Expressiveness for Complex Natural Language||Ergo reasoner supports rules with heads that can contain general higher-order formulas, including logical quantifiers. This is important in many situations, especially in acquiring knowledge from English.||—|
|Probabilistic Reasoning||Support for advanced probabilistic reasoning that integrates uncertain knowledge from multiple sources, including from machine learning.||—|
|Integrity Constraints, Triggers, Alerts||Automatic maintenance of integrity constraints, the ability to define triggers and alerts that fire up when certain user-defined conditions are met.||—|
|Other enhancements||In-line evaluable expressions: useful for arithmetic, lists, and more. Additional built-ins. More extensive support for XML data types.||—|