LINGUIST List 16.938

Mon Mar 28 2005

Books: Computational Ling: Maybury (Ed)

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        1.    David Weininger, New Directions in Question Answering: Maybury (Ed)

Message 1: New Directions in Question Answering: Maybury (Ed)

Date: 24-Mar-2005
From: David Weininger <>
Subject: New Directions in Question Answering: Maybury (Ed)

Title: New Directions in Question Answering
Published: 2005
Publisher: MIT Press

Book URL:

Editor: Mark T. Maybury
Paperback: ISBN: 0262633043 Pages: 320 Price: U.S. $ 40

Question answering systems, which provide natural language responses to
natural language queries, are the subject of rapidly advancing research
encompassing both academic study and commercial applications, the most
well-known of which is the search engine Ask Jeeves. Question answering
draws on different fields and technologies, including natural language
processing, information retrieval, explanation generation, and
human-computer interaction. Question answering creates an important new
method of information access and can be seen as the natural step beyond
such standard Web search methods as keyword query and document retrieval.
This collection charts significant new directions in the field, including
temporal, spatial, definitional, biographical, multimedia, and multilingual
question answering.

After an introduction that defines essential terminology and provides a
roadmap to future trends, the book covers key areas of research and
development. These include current methods, architecture requirements, and
the history of question answering on the Web; the development of systems to
address new types of questions; interactivity, which is often required for
clarification of questions or answers; reuse of answers; advanced methods;
and knowledge representation and reasoning used to support question
answering. Each section contains an introduction that summarizes the
chapters included and places them in context, relating them to the other
chapters in the book as well as to the existing literature in the field and
assessing the problems and challenges that remain.

Mark T. Maybury is Executive Director of the Information Technology
Division at the MITRE Corporation in Bedford, Massachusetts. He is the
editor of Intelligent Multimedia Interfaces (AAAI/MIT Press 1993) and
Intelligent Multimedia Information Retrieval (AAAI/ MIT Press 1997) and
coeditor of Readings on Intelligent User Interfaces, Advances in Text
Summarization (MIT Press 1999), and Advances in Knowledge Management (MIT
Press 2001).

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Written In: English (ENG )

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