Paper: Automatic Analysis Of Descriptive Texts

ACL ID A83-1020
Title Automatic Analysis Of Descriptive Texts
Venue Applied Natural Language Processing Conference
Session Main Conference
Year 1983

This paper describes a system that attempts to interpret descriptive texts without the uJe of complex grammars. The purpose of the system is to transform the descriptions to a standard form which may be used as the basis of a database sys- tem knowledgeable in the subject matter of the teXt. The texts currently used are wild plant descriptions taken directly from a popular book on the subject. Properties such as size, shape and colour are abstracted from the descriptions and related to parts of the plant in which we are interested. The resulting output is a standar- dined hierarchical structure holding only signi- ficant features of the description. The system, implemented in the PROLOG pro- gramming language, uses keywords co identify the way segments of the text relate to the object desc...