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This paper is concerned with the use of conversational agents as an interaction paradigm for ac-cessing open domain encyclopedic knowledge by means of Wikipedia. More precisely, we describe a dialog-based question answering system for Ger-man which utilizes Wikipedia-based topic models as a reference point for context detection and answer prediction. We(More)
In this paper, we describe MLSA, a publicly available multi-layered reference corpus for German-language sentiment analysis. The construction of the corpus is based on the manual annotation of 270 German-language sentences considering three different layers of granularity. The sentence-layer annotation, as the most coarse-grained annotation, focuses on(More)
This paper introduces a model harvesting the crowd-sourced encyclopedic knowledge provided by Wikipedia to improve the conversational abilities of an artificial agent. More precisely, we present a model for automatic topic identification in ongoing natural language dialogs. On the basis of a graph-based representation of the Wikipedia category system, our(More)
In the area of digital library services, the access to subject-specific metadata of scholarly publications is of utmost interest. One of the most prevalent approaches for metadata exchange is the XML-based Open Archive Initiative (OAI) Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). However, due to its loose requirements regarding metadata content there is no(More)
This paper presents an approach for predicting context sensitive entities exemplified in the domain of person names. Our approach is based on building a weighted context but also a weighted people graph and predicting the context entity by extracting the best fitting sub graph using a spreading activation technique. The results of the experiments show a(More)
This paper presents an approach using social semantics for the task of topic labelling by means of Open Topic Models. Our approach utilizes a social ontology to create an alignment of documents within a social network. Comprised category information is used to compute a topic generalization. We propose a feature-frequency-based method for measuring semantic(More)
This paper introduces eHumanities Desk-top-an online system for corpus management and analysis in support of Computing in the Humanities. Design issues and the overall architecture are described as well as an initial set of applications which are offered by the system.