Daniel S. Weld

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The KNOWITALL system aims to automate the tedious process of extracting large collections of facts (e.g., names of scientists or politicians) from the Web in an unsupervised, domain-independent, and scalable manner. The paper presents an overview of KNOWITALL’s novel architecture and design principles, emphasizing its distinctive ability to extract(More)
generating partially ordered, partially specified sequences of actions whose execution will achieve an agent’s goal. This article summarizes a progression of least commitment planners, starting with one that handles the simple STRIPS representation and ending with UCPOP, a planner that manages actions with disjunctive precondition, conditional effects, and(More)
Many Internet information resources present relational data|telephone directories, product catalogs, etc. Because these sites are formatted for people, mechanically extracting their content is di cult. Systems using such resources typically use hand-coded wrappers, procedures to extract data from information resources. We introduce wrapper induction, a(More)
Manually querying search engines in order to accumulate a large bodyof factual information is a tedious, error-prone process of piecemealsearch. Search engines retrieve and rank potentially relevantdocuments for human perusal, but do not extract facts, assessconfidence, or fuse information from multiple documents. This paperintroduces KnowItAll, a system(More)
Information extraction (IE) holds the promise of generating a large-scale knowledge base from the Web’s natural language text. Knowledge-based weak supervision, using structured data to heuristically label a training corpus, works towards this goal by enabling the automated learning of a potentially unbounded number of relation extractors. Recently,(More)
Information-extraction (IE) systems seek to distill semantic relations from naturallanguage text, but most systems use supervised learning of relation-specific examples and are thus limited by the availability of training data. Open IE systems such as TextRunner, on the other hand, aim to handle the unbounded number of relations found on the Web. But how(More)
Query processing in data integration occurs over network-bound, autonomous data sources. This requires extensions to traditional optimization and execution techniques for three reasons: there is an absence of quality statistics about the data, data transfer rates are unpredictable and bursty, and slow or unavailable data sources can often be replaced by(More)
The Web is less agent-friendly than we might hope. Most information on the Web is presented in loosely structured natural language text with no agent-readable semantics. HTML annotations structure the display of Web pages, but provide virtually no insight into their content. Thus, the designers of intelligent Web agents need to address the following(More)