Paper: Deep Read: A Reading Comprehension System

ACL ID P99-1042
Title Deep Read: A Reading Comprehension System
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1999

This paper describes initial work on Deep Read, an automated reading comprehension system that accepts arbitrary text input (a story) and answers questions about it. We have acquired a corpus of 60 development and 60 test stories of 3 rd to 6 th grade material; each story is followed by short-answer questions (an answer key was also provided). We used these to construct and evaluate a baseline system that uses pattern matching (bag-of-words) techniques augmented with additional automated linguistic processing (stemming, name identification, semantic class identification, and pronoun resolution). This simple system retrieves the sentence containing the answer 30-40% of the time.