Automatic issue extraction from a focused dialogue

Koen V. Hindriks*, Stijn Hoppenbrouwers, Catholijn M. Jonker, Dmytro Tykhonov

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Abstract

Various methodologies for structuring the process of domain modeling have been proposed, but there are few software tools that provide automatic support for the process of constructing a domain model. The problem is that it is hard to extract the relevant concepts from natural language texts since these typically include many irrelevant details that are hard to discern from relevant concepts. In this paper, we propose an alternative approach to extract domain models from natural language input. The idea is that more effective, automatic extraction is possible from a natural language text that is produced in a focused dialogue game. We present an application of this idea in the area of pre-negotiation, in combination with sophisticated parsing and transduction techniques for natural language and fairly simple pattern matching rules. Furthermore, a prototype is presented of a conversation-oriented experimentation environment for cooperative conceptualization. Several experiments have been performed to evaluate the approach and environment, and a technique for measuring the quality of extraction has been defined. The experiments indicate that even with a simple implementation of the proposed approach reasonably acceptable results can be obtained.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNatural Language Processing and Information Systems - 12th International Conference on Applications of Natural Language to Information Systems, NLDB 2007, Proceedings
Pages204-216
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event12th International Conference on Applications of Natural Language to Information Systems, NLDB 2007 - Paris, France
Duration: 27 Jun 200729 Jun 2007

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume4592 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference12th International Conference on Applications of Natural Language to Information Systems, NLDB 2007
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period27/06/0729/06/07

Keywords

  • Domain modeling
  • Grammar parsing
  • Natural language processing

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