Andrew Hazen Schlaikjer

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This paper presents the current status of work to extend the JAVELIN QA system with domain semantics for question answering in restricted domains. We discuss how the original architecture was extended, and how the system modules must be adjusted to incorporate knowledge from existing ontologies and information provided by third-party annotation tools.
In this paper we describe question answering research being pursued as a joint project between Columbia University and the University of Colorado at Boulder as part of ARDA's AQUAINT program. As a foundation for targeting complex questions involving opinions, events, and paragraph-length answers, we recently built two systems for answering short factual(More)
We present an overview of DefScriber, a system developed at Columbia University that combines knowledge-based and statistical methods to answer definitional questions of the form, " What is X? " We discuss how DefScriber was applied to the definition questions in the TREC 2003 QA track main task. We conclude with an analysis of our system's results on the(More)
Current question answering tasks handle definitional questions by seeking answers which are factual in nature. While factual answers are a very important component in defining entities, a wealth of qualitative data is often ignored. In this incipient work, we define qualitative dimensions (credibility, sentiment, contradictions etc.) for evaluating answers(More)
In this paper, we describe the JAVELIN Cross Language Question Answering system, which includes modules for question analysis, keyword translation, document retrieval, information extraction and answer generation. In the NTCIR6 CLQA2 evaluation, our system achieved 19% and 13% accuracy in the English-to-Chinese and English-to-Japanese subtasks,(More)
Much of the effort in Question Answering (QA) has gone into building short answer QA systems, which answer questions for which the correct answer is a single word or short phrase. However, there are many questions which are better answered with a longer description or explanation. Defini-tional QA is a developing research area [1] concerned with a subclass(More)