Paper: Confidence Driven Unsupervised Semantic Parsing

ACL ID P11-1149
Title Confidence Driven Unsupervised Semantic Parsing
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2011

Current approaches for semantic parsing take a supervised approach requiring a consider- able amount of training data which is expen- sive and difficult to obtain. This supervision bottleneck is one of the major difficulties in scaling up semantic parsing. We argue that a semantic parser can be trained effectively without annotated data, and in- troduce an unsupervised learning algorithm. The algorithm takes a self training approach driven by confidence estimation. Evaluated over Geoquery, a standard dataset for this task, our system achieved 66% accuracy, com- pared to 80% of its fully supervised counter- part, demonstrating the promise of unsuper- vised approaches for this task.