Paper: A Response To The Need For Summary Responses

ACL ID P84-1088
Title A Response To The Need For Summary Responses
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1984
Authors

In this paper we argue that natural language inter- faces to databases should be able to produce summary responses as well as listing actual data. We describe a system (incorporating a number of heuristics and a knowledge base built on top of the database) that has been developed to generate such summary responses. It is largely domain-independent, has been tested on many examples, and handles a wide variety of situa- tions where summary responses would be useful.