Paper: Answer Validation by Information Distance Calculation

ACL ID W08-1806
Title Answer Validation by Information Distance Calculation
Venue Coling 2008: Proceedings of the workshop on Human Judgements in Computational Linguistics
Year 2008

In this paper,an information distance based approach is proposed to perform answer validation for question answering system. To validate an answer candidate, the ap- proach calculates the conditional informa- tion distance between the question focus and the candidate under certain condition pattern set. Heuristic methods are de- signed to extract question focus and gen- erate proper condition patterns from ques- tion. General search engines are employed to estimate the Kolmogorov complexity, hence the information distance. Experi- mental results show that our approach is stable and flexible, and outperforms tradi- tional tfidf methods.