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Natural Language Access to Data: It Takes Common Sense!

by Condoravdi, C.; Richardson, K.; Sikka, V.; Suenbuel, A.; and Waldinger, R.

in Twelfth International Symposium on Logical Formalizations of Commonsense Reasoning

Published by Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence
Address: Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Mar 2015.

Abstract

Commonsense reasoning proves to be an essential tool for natural-language access to data. In a deductive approach to this problem, language processing technology translates English queries into a first-order logical form, which is regarded as a conjecture to be established by a theorem prover. Subject domain knowledge is encoded in an axiomatic theory equipped with links to appropriate databases. Commonsense reasoning is necessary to disambiguate the query, to connect the query with relevant tables in the databases, to deal with logical relationships in the query, and to achieve interoperability between disparate databases. This is illustrated with examples from the Quest system, which deals with queries over business enterprise data.

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