On the Representation of Physical Quantities in Natural Language Text
NORTHWESTERN UNIV EVANSTON IL
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In this paper we investigate the forms in which quantity information can appear in written natural language. Our focus is on physical quantities found in descriptions of physical processes, such as expansion, movement, or transfer. Using Qualitative Process Theory as our underlying formalism, we show how information extracted from natural language text corresponds to the five constituents of physical quantities. The results of this analysis can be used for the creation of interpretation rules and extraction patterns in NL systems.