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Towards Building Robust Natural Language Interfaces to Databases
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Theoretical Computer Science, TCS. Umeå University.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7088-3070
2008 (English)In: Natural Language And Information Systems, Proceedings / [ed] Kapetanios, E; Sugumaran, V; Spiliopoulou, M, Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2008, 187-198 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

We seek to give everyday technical teams the capability to build robust natural language interfaces to their databases, for subsequent use by casual users. We present an approach to the problem which integrates and streamlines earlier work based on light annotation and authoring tools. We model queries in a higher-order version of Codd's tuple calculus and we use synchronous grammars extended with lambda functions to represent semantic grammars. The results of configuration can be applied directly to SQL based databases with general n-ary relations. We have fully implemented our approach and we present initial empirical results for the GEOQUERY 250 corpus.

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Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2008. 187-198 p.
, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, ISSN 0302-9743 ; 5039
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Computer and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-66435DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-69858-6_19ISI: 000257180400018ScopusID: 2-s2.0-47749121071ISBN: 978-3-540-69857-9OAI: diva2:484020
13th International Conference on Natural Language and Information Systems, NLDB 2008; London; 24 June 2008 through 27 June 2008

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Available from: 2012-01-26 Created: 2012-01-26 Last updated: 2016-04-27Bibliographically approved

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