Using the AIDA language to formally organize scientific claims

Tobias Kuhn*

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Scientific communication still mainly relies on natural language written in scientific papers, which makes the described knowledge very difficult to access with automatic means. We can therefore only make limited use of formal knowledge organization methods to support researchers and other interested parties with features such as automatic aggregations, fact checking, consistency checking, question answering, and powerful semantic search. Existing approaches to solve this problem by improving the scientific communication methods have either very restricted coverage, require formal logic skills on the side of the researchers, or depend on unreliable machine learning for the formalization of knowledge. Here, I propose an approach to this problem that is general, intuitive, and flexible. It is based on a unique kind of controlled natural language, called AIDA, consisting of English sentences that are atomic, independent, declarative, and absolute. Such sentences can then serve as nodes in a network of scientific claims linked to publications, researchers, and domain elements. I present here some small studies on preliminary applications of this language. The results indicate that it is well accepted by users and provides a good basis for the creation of a knowledge graph of scientific findings.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationControlled Natural Language
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 6th International Workshop, CNL 2018
EditorsAdam Wyner, Brian Davis, C.Maria Keet
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781614999034
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event6th International Workshop on Controlled Natural Language, CNL 2018 - Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland
Duration: 27 Aug 201828 Aug 2018

Publication series

NameFrontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISSN (Print)0922-6389


Conference6th International Workshop on Controlled Natural Language, CNL 2018
CityMaynooth, Co. Kildare


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