10th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brighton, United Kingdom
September 6-10, 2009

Combining Semantic and Syntactic Information Sources for 5-W Question Answering

Sibel Yaman (1), Dilek Hakkani-Tür (1), Gokhan Tur (2)

(2) SRI International, USA

This paper focuses on combining answers generated by a semantic parser that produces semantic role labels (SRLs) and those generated by syntactic parser that produces function tags for answering 5-W questions, i.e., who, what, when, where, and why. We take a probabilistic approach in which a systemís ability to correctly answer 5-W questions is measured with the likelihood that its answers are produced for the given word sequence. This is achieved by training statistical language models (LMs) that are used to predict whether the answers returned by semantic parse or those returned by the syntactic parser are more likely. We evaluated our approach using the OntoNotes dataset. Our experimental results indicate that the proposed LM-based combination strategy was able to improve the performance of the best individual system in terms of both F1 measure and accuracy. Furthermore, the error rates for each question type were also significantly reduced with the help of the proposed approach.

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Bibliographic reference.  Yaman, Sibel / Hakkani-Tür, Dilek / Tur, Gokhan (2009): "Combining semantic and syntactic information sources for 5-w question answering", In INTERSPEECH-2009, 2707-2710.