Paper: Transforming Controlled Natural Language Biomedical Queries into Answer Set Programs

ACL ID W09-1315
Title Transforming Controlled Natural Language Biomedical Queries into Answer Set Programs
Venue Workshop on Biomedical Natural Language Processing
Session
Year 2009
Authors

We introduce a controlled natural language for biomedical queries, called BIOQUERYCNL, and present an algorithm to convert a biomed- ical query in this language into a program in answer set programming (ASP)—a for- mal framework to automate reasoning about knowledge. BIOQUERYCNL allows users to express complex queries (possibly containing nested relative clauses and cardinality con- straints) over biomedical ontologies; and such a transformation of BIOQUERYCNL queries into ASP programs is useful for automat- ing reasoning about biomedical ontologies by means of ASP solvers. We precisely describe the grammar of BIOQUERYCNL, implement our transformation algorithm, and illustrate its applicability to biomedical queries by some examples.