Paper: Al-Bayan: An Arabic Question Answering System for the Holy Quran

ACL ID W14-3607
Title Al-Bayan: An Arabic Question Answering System for the Holy Quran
Venue Workshop on Arabic Natural Language Processing
Session
Year 2014
Authors

Recently, Question Answering (QA) has been one of the main focus of natural lan- guage processing research. However, Ara- bic Question Answering is still not in the mainstream. The challenges of the Arabic language and the lack of resources have made it difficult to provide Arabic QA sys- tems with high accuracy. While low accu- racies may be accepted for general purpose systems, it is critical in some fields such as religious affairs. Therefore, there is a need for specialized accurate systems that target these critical fields. In this paper, we pro- pose Al-Bayan, a new Arabic QA system specialized for the Holy Quran. The sys- tem accepts an Arabic question about the Quran, retrieves the most relevant Quran verses, then extracts the passage that con- tains the answer from the Quran and i...