Paper: Using English for commonsense knowledge

ACL ID W09-3717
Title Using English for commonsense knowledge
Venue International Conference on Computational Semantics
Session Main Conference
Year 2009

The work reported here arises from an attempt to provide a body of simple information about diet and its effect on various common medical conditions. Expressing this knowledge in natural language has a number of advantages. It also raises a number of difficult issues. We will consider solutions, and partial solutions, to these issues below. 1 Commonse knowledge Suppose you wanted to have a system that could provide advice about what you should and should not eat if you suffer from various common medical conditions. You might expect, at the very least, to be able to have dialogues like (1). (1) a. User: I am allergic to eggs. Computer: OK User: Should I eat pancakes Computer: No, because pancakes contain eggs, and eating things which contain eggs will make you ill if you are allergic to egg...