Silvia Quarteroni

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We study the impact of syntactic and shallow semantic information in automatic classification of questions and answers and answer re-ranking. We define (a) new tree structures based on shallow semantics encoded in Predicate Argument Structures (PASs) and (b) new kernel functions to exploit the representational power of such structures with Support Vector(More)
We introduce autonomous gossiping (A/G), a new genre epidemic algorithm for selective dissemination of information in contrast to previous usage of epidemic algorithms which flood the whole network. A/G is a paradigm which suits well in a mobile ad-hoc networking (MANET) environment because it does not require any infrastructure or middleware like multicast(More)
Answer selection is the most complex phase of a Question Answering (QA) system. To solve this task, typical approaches use unsupervised methods such as computing the similarity between query and answer, optionally exploiting advanced syntactic, semantic or logic representations. In this paper, we study supervised discriminative models that learn to select(More)
In this paper, we study novel structures to represent information in three vital tasks in question answering: question classification, answer classification and answer reranking. We define a new tree structure called PAS to represent predicate-argument relations, as well as a new kernel function to exploit its representative power. Our experiments with(More)
An accurate identification dialog acts (DAs), which represent the illocutionary aspect of communication, is essential to support the understanding of human conversations. This requires 1) the segmentation of human-human dialogs into turns, 2) the intra-turn segmentation into DA boundaries and 3) the classification of each segment according to a DA tag. This(More)
Natural language interfaces to data services will be a key technology to guarantee access to huge data repositories in an effortless way. This involves solving the complex problem of recognizing a relevant service or service composition given an ambiguous, potentially ungrammatical natural language question. As a first step toward this goal, we study(More)