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QuestionBank: creating a corpus of parse-annotated questions

Judge, John and Cahill, Aoife and van Genabith, Josef (2006) QuestionBank: creating a corpus of parse-annotated questions. In: COLING/ACL 2006 - 21st International Conference on Computational Linguistics and 44th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, 17-21 July 2006, Sydney, Australia.

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This paper describes the development of QuestionBank, a corpus of 4000 parse-annotated questions for (i) use in training parsers employed in QA, and (ii) evaluation of question parsing. We present a series of experiments to investigate the effectiveness of QuestionBank as both an exclusive and supplementary training resource for a state-of-the-art parser in parsing both question and non-question test sets. We introduce a new method for recovering empty nodes and their antecedents (capturing long distance dependencies) from parser output in CFG trees using LFG f-structure reentrancies. Our main findings are (i) using QuestionBank training data improves parser performance to 89.75% labelled bracketing f-score, an increase of almost 11% over the baseline; (ii) back-testing experiments on non-question data (Penn-II WSJ Section 23) shows that the retrained parser does not suffer a performance drop on non-question material; (iii) ablation experiments show that the size of training material provided by QuestionBank is sufficient to achieve optimal results; (iv) our method for recovering empty nodes captures long distance dependencies in questions from the ATIS corpus with high precision (96.82%) and low recall (39.38%). In summary, QuestionBank provides a useful new resource in parser-based QA research.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Type:Conference
Uncontrolled Keywords:Parse-annotated questions;
Subjects:Computer Science > Machine translating
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > National Centre for Language Technology (NCLT)
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Computing
Publisher:Association for Computational Linguistics
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Copyright Information:© 2006 Association for Computational Linguistics
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
Funders:Science Foundation Ireland, SFI 04/BR/CS0370, Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology
ID Code:15271
Deposited On:10 Mar 2010 13:48 by DORAS Administrator. Last Modified 27 Apr 2010 17:10

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