Paper: Interactive Natural Language Query Construction for Report Generation

ACL ID W12-1519
Title Interactive Natural Language Query Construction for Report Generation
Venue International Conference on Natural Language Generation
Session Main Conference
Year 2012
Authors

Question answering is an age old AI chal- lenge. How we approach this challenge is de- termined by decisions regarding the linguis- tic and domain knowledge our system will need, the technical and business acumen of our users, the interface used to input ques- tions, and the form in which we should present answers to a user?s questions. Our approach to question answering involves the interactive construction of natural language queries. We describe and evaluate a question answering system that provides a point-and-click, web- based interface in conjunction with a seman- tic grammar to support user-controlled natural language question generation. A preliminary evaluation is performed using a selection of 12 questions based on the Adventure Works sam- ple database.