QED: The Edinburgh TREC-2003 Question Answering System

Jochen L. Leidner, Johan Bos, Tiphaine Dalmas, James R. Curran, Stephen Clark, Colin J. Bannard, Bonnie L. Webber, Mark Steedman

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This report describes a new open-domain answer retrieval system developed at the University of Edinburgh and gives results for the TREC-12 question answering track. Phrasal answers are identified by increasingly narrowing down the search space from a large text collection to a single phrase. The system uses document retrieval, query-based passage segmentation and ranking, semantic analysis from a wide-coverage parser, and a unification-like matching procedure to extract potential answers. A simple Web-based answer validation stage is also applied. The system is based on the Open Agent Architecture and has a parallel design so that multiple questions can be answered simultaneously on a Beowulf cluster.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of The Twelfth Text REtrieval Conference, TREC 2003, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA, November 18-21, 2003
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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