Roberto Prevete

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Answer Validation is an emerging topic in Question Answering, where open domain systems are often required to rank huge amounts of candidate answers. We present a novel approach to answer validation based on the intuition that the amount of implicit knowledge which connects an answer to a question can be quantitatively estimated by exploiting the redundancy(More)
Answer Validation is an emerging topic in Question Answering, where open domain systems are often required to rank huge amounts of candidate answers. We present a novel approach to answer validation based on the intuition that the amount of implicit knowledge which connects an answer to a question can be estimated by exploiting the redundancy of Web(More)
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES We investigated a computer-aided detection (CAD) scheme for clustered microcalcifications in digitized mammograms. METHODS A multistage CAD scheme was developed and tested. To increase sensitivity, the scheme uses a Gaussian band-pass filter and nonlinear threshold. A multistage local minimum searching routine and a multilayer(More)
Typical patterns of hand-joint covariation arising in the context of grasping actions enable one to provide simplified descriptions of these actions in terms of small sets of hand-joint parameters. The computational model of mirror mechanisms introduced here hypothesizes that mirror neurons are crucially involved in coding and making this simplified motor(More)
This paper addresses the problem of extracting view-invariant visual features for the recognition of object-directed actions and introduces a computational model of how these visual features are processed in the brain. In particular, in the test-bed setting of reach-to-grasp actions, grip aperture is identified as a good candidate for inclusion into a(More)
There is wide consensus that the prefrontal cortex (PFC) is able to exert cognitive control on behavior by biasing processing toward task-relevant information and by modulating response selection. This idea is typically framed in terms of top-down influences within a cortical control hierarchy, where prefrontal-basal ganglia loops gate multiple input-output(More)
This paper presents the DIOGENE question/answering system developed at ITCIrst. The system is based on a rather standard architecture which includes three components for question processing, search and answer extraction. Linguistic processing strongly relies on MULTIWORDNET, an extended version of the English WORDNET. The system has been designed to address(More)
This paper presents a new version of the DIOGENE Question Answering (QA) system developed at ITCIrst. With respect to our first participation to the TREC QA main task (TREC-2001), the system presents both improvements and extensions. On one hand, significant improvements rely on the substitution of basic components (e.g. the search engine and the tool in(More)