When people pose questions in natural language to search for information on the web, the role of question answering (QA) systems becomes important. In this paper the QAsystem simpleQA, capable of answering Dutch questions on which the answer is a person or a location, is described. The system's algorithm does not use a lot of complex NLP-techniques, but instead uses the magnitude of and redundancy on the World Wide Web to its advantage. The system has been evaluated on the DISEQuA corpus and performed quite well: MRR near 0.5. For further improvements it can easily be extended by adding more rewrite rules and applying more sophisticated filtering and tiling.
|Title of host publication||BNAIC’06|
|Subtitle of host publication||Proceedings of the 18th Belgium-Netherlands Conference on Artificial Intelligence|
|Editors||Pierre-Yves Schobbens, Wim Vanhoof, Gabriel Schwanen|
|Publisher||Namur University Press|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|
|Event||18th Belgium-Dutch Conference on Artificial Intelligence, BNAIC 2006 - Namur, Belgium|
Duration: 5 Oct 2006 → 6 Oct 2006
Conference number: 18
|Name||Belgian-Dutch Conference on Artificial Intelligence|
|Conference||18th Belgium-Dutch Conference on Artificial Intelligence, BNAIC 2006|
|Period||5/10/06 → 6/10/06|
Hoekstra, A. H., Hiemstra, D., van der Vet, P. E., & Huibers, T. W. C. (2006). Question Answering for Dutch: Simple does it. In P-Y. Schobbens, W. Vanhoof, & G. Schwanen (Eds.), BNAIC’06: Proceedings of the 18th Belgium-Netherlands Conference on Artificial Intelligence (pp. 179-186). (Belgian-Dutch Conference on Artificial Intelligence; Vol. 2006). Namur University Press.