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How to drive a database front end using general semantic information

B.K. Boguraev, K. Spärck Jones

November 1982, 20 pages


This paper describes a front end for natural language access to databases making extensive use of general, i.e. domain-independent, semantic information for question interpretation. In the interests of portability, initial syntactic and semantic processing of a question is carried out without any reference to the database domain, and domain-dependent operations are confined to subsequent, comparatively straightforward, processing of the initial interpretation. The different modules of the front end are described, and the system’s performance is illustrated by examples.

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  author =	 {Boguraev, B.K. and Sp{\"a}rck Jones, K.},
  title = 	 {{How to drive a database front end using general semantic
  year = 	 1982,
  month = 	 nov,
  url = 	 {},
  institution =  {University of Cambridge, Computer Laboratory},
  number = 	 {UCAM-CL-TR-32}