TEAM: An Experiment in the Design of Transportable Natural-Language Interfaces
SRI INTERNATIONAL MENLO PARK CA ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE CENTER
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This article describe TEAM, a transportable natural-language interface system. TEAM was constructed to test the feasibility of building a natural-language system that could be adapted to interface with new databases by users who are not experts in natural-language processing. An overview of the system design is presented, emphasizing those choices that were imposed by the demands of transportability. Several general problems of natural-language processing that were faced in constructing the system are discussed, including quantifier scoping, various pragmatic issues, and verb acquisition. TEAM is compared with several other transportable systems this comparison includes a discussion of the range of natural language handled by each as well as a description of the approach taken to achieving transportability in each system.
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems