Learning What is Essential in Questions

@inproceedings{Khashabi2017LearningWI,
  title={Learning What is Essential in Questions},
  author={Daniel Khashabi and Tushar Khot and Ashish Sabharwal and Dan Roth},
  booktitle={CoNLL},
  year={2017}
}
Question answering (QA) systems are easily distracted by irrelevant or redundant words in questions, especially when faced with long or multi-sentence questions in difficult domains. This paper introduces and studies the notion of essential question terms with the goal of improving such QA solvers. We illustrate the importance of essential question terms by showing that humans’ ability to answer questions drops significantly when essential terms are eliminated from questions. We then develop a… CONTINUE READING

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