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Constructing a Generic Natural Language Interface for an XML Database

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Constructing a Generic Natural Language Interface for an XML Database
Abstract. We describe the construction of a generic natural language query interface to an XML database. Our interface can accept an arbitrary English sentence as a query, which can be quite complex and include aggregation, nesting, and value joins, among other things. This query is translated, potentially after reformulation, into an XQuery expression. The translation is based on mapping grammatical proximity of natural language parsed tokens in the parse tree of the query sentence to proximity of corresponding elements in the XML data to be retrieved. Our experimental assessment, through a user study, demonstrates that this type of natural language interface is good enough to be usable now, with no restrictions on the application domain.
Yunyao Li, Huahai Yang, H. V. Jagadish
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Type Conference
Year 2006
Where EDBT
Authors Yunyao Li, Huahai Yang, H. V. Jagadish
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