Michael Minock

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A new generation of information systems that integrates knowledge base technology with database systems is presented for providing cooperative (approximate, conceptual, and asso-ciative) query answering. Based on the database schema and application characteristics, data are organized into Type Abstraction Hierarchies (TAHs). The higher levels of the(More)
This article presents C-Phrase, a natural language interface system that can be configured by normal, non-specialized, web-based technical teams. C-Phrase models queries in an extended version of Codd's tuple calculus and uses synchronous context free grammars with lambda-expressions to represent semantic grammars. Given an arbitrary rela-tional database,(More)
We seek to give everyday technical teams the capability to build robust natural language interfaces to their databases, for subsequent use by casual users. We present an approach to the problem which integrates and streamlines earlier work based on light annotation and authoring tools. We model queries in a higher-order version of Codd's tuple calculus and(More)
In this paper we consider the processing of queries posed over multiple information resources that advertise their contents in terms of globally available, domain-specific on-tologies. We describe a technique to identify the exact portion of a user's query that may not be answered by the set of available information agents. This is achieved by reasoning(More)
While qualitative relations (e.g. RCC8 relations) can readily be derived from spatial databases, a more difficult matter is the representation of vague spatial relations such as 'near-to','next-to', 'between', etc. After surveying earlier approaches, this paper proposes a method that is tractable, learnable and directly suitable for use in natural language(More)