Paper: Parsing Natural Language Queries for Life Science Knowledge

ACL ID W11-0221
Title Parsing Natural Language Queries for Life Science Knowledge
Venue Workshop on Biomedical Natural Language Processing
Session
Year 2011
Authors

This paper presents our preliminary work on adaptation of parsing technology toward natu- ral language query processing for biomedical domain. We built a small treebank of natu- ral language queries, and tested a state-of-the- art parser, the results of which revealed that a parser trained on Wall-Street-Journal arti- cles and Medline abstracts did not work well on query sentences. We then experimented an adaptive learning technique, to seek the chance to improve the parsing performance on query sentences. Despite the small scale of the experiments, the results are encouraging, en- lightening the direction for effective improve- ment.