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It's Been Said Before

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Academic Paper

Title: Robust parsing and spoken negotiative dialogue with databases
Author: Johan Boye
Institution: Ternopil State Pedagogical University
Author: Mats Wirén
Institution: TeliaSonera R&D
Linguistic Field: Computational Linguistics; Semantics
Abstract: This paper presents a robust parsing algorithm and semantic formalism for the interpretation of utterances in spoken negotiative dialogue with databases. The algorithm works in two passes: a domain-specific pattern-matching phase and a domain-independent semantic analysis phase. Robustness is achieved by limiting the set of representable utterance types to an empirically motivated subclass which is more expressive than propositional slot–value lists, but much less expressive than first-order logic. Our evaluation shows that in actual practice the vast majority of utterances that occur can be handled, and that the parsing algorithm is highly efficient and accurate.


This article appears IN Natural Language Engineering Vol. 14, Issue 3.

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