Accession Number:

ADA460623

Title:

Transportability and Generality in a Natural-Language Interface System

Descriptive Note:

Conference paper

Corporate Author:

SRI INTERNATIONAL MENLO PARK CA ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE CENTER

Report Date:

1983-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

22.0

Abstract:

This paper describes the design of a transportable natural language NL interface to databases and the constraints that transportability places on each component of such a system. By a transportable NL system, the authors mean an NL processing system that is constructed so that a domain expert rather than an artificial intelligence AI or linguistics expert can move the system to a new application domain. After discussing the general problems presented by transportability, this paper describes TEAM an acronym for Transportable English database Access Medium, a demonstrable prototype of such a system. The discussion of TEAM shows how domain-independent and domain-dependent information can be separated in the different components of a NL interface system, and presents one method of obtaining domain-specific information from a domain expert.

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science
  • Linguistics
  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Cybernetics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE