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The increasing amount of available textual information makes necessary the use of Natural Language Processing (NLP) tools. These tools have to be used on large collections of documents in different languages. But NLP is a complex task that relies on many processes and resources. As a consequence, NLP tools must be both configurable and efficient: specific(More)
A good dictionary contains not only many entries and a lot of information concerning each one of them, but also adequate means to reveal the stored information. Information access depends crucially on the quality of the index. We will present here some ideas of how a dictionary could be enhanced to support a speaker/writer to find the word s/he is looking(More)
Information Extraction has recently been extended to new areas by loosening the constraints on the strict definition of the extracted information and allowing to design more open information extraction systems. In this new domain of unsupervised information extraction, we focus on the task of extracting and characterizing <i>a priori</i> unknown relations(More)
Answering to precise questions requires applying Natural Language techniques in order to locate the answers inside retrieved documents. The QALC system, presented in this paper, participated t o the Question Answering track of the TREC8 and TREC9 evaluations. QALC exploits an analysis of documents based on the search for multi-word terms and their(More)