Transportability and Generality in a Natural-Language Interface System
SRI INTERNATIONAL MENLO PARK CA ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE CENTER
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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.
- Information Science
- Computer Programming and Software