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While the mechanisms for conveying temporal information in language have been have been extensively studied by linguists, very little of this work has been done in the tradition of corpus linguistics. In this paper we discuss the outcomes of a research effort to build a corpus, called TIMEBANK, which is richly annotated to indicate events, times, and… (More)
This paper describes the Second PASCAL Recognising Textual Entailment Challenge (RTE-2). 1 We describe the RTE-2 dataset and overview the submissions for the challenge. One of the main goals for this year's dataset was to provide more " realistic " text-hypothesis examples , based mostly on outputs of actual systems. The 23 submissions for the challenge… (More)
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We describe MITRE's two submissions to the RTE Challenge, intended to exemplify two different ends of the spectrum of possibilities. The first submission is a traditional system based on linguistic analysis and inference, while the second is inspired by alignment approaches from machine translation. We also describe our efforts to build our own entailment… (More)
This paper introduces a set of guidelines for annotating time expressions with a canonicalized representation of the times they refer to, and describes methods for extracting such time expressions from multiple languages.
We describe our efforts to generate a large (100,000 instance) corpus of textual entailment pairs from the lead paragraph and headline of news articles. We manually inspected a small set of news stories in order to locate the most productive source of entailments, then built an annotation interface for rapid manual evaluation of further exemplars. With this… (More)
In this paper, we report on Qaviar, an experimental automated evaluation system for question answering applications. The goal of our research was to find an automatically calculated measure that correlates well with human judges' assessment of answer correctness in the context of question answering tasks. Qaviar judges the response by computing recall… (More)
This paper introduces a set of guidelines for annotating time expressions with a canonicalized representation of the times they refer to. Applications that can benefit from such an annotated corpus include information extraction (e.g., normalizing temporal references for database entry), question answering (answering " when " questions), summarization… (More)
The views, opinions and/or findings contained in this report are those of The MITRE Corporation and should not be construed as an official Government position, policy, or decision, unless designated by other documentation.