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Type Conference or Workshop Paper
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Published in Proceedings No
Title Querix: A Natural Language Interface to Query Ontologies Based on Clarification Dialogs
Organization Unit
  • Esther Kaufmann
  • Abraham Bernstein
  • Renato Zumstein
Item Subtype Original Work
Refereed Yes
Status Published in final form
Page Range 980 - 981
Event Title 5th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2006)
Publisher Springer
Abstract Text The logic-based machine-understandable framework of the Semantic Web typically challenges casual users when they try to query ontologies. An often proposed solution to help casual users is the use of natural language interfaces. Such tools, however, suffer from one of the biggest problems of natural language: ambiguities. Furthermore, the systems are hardly adaptable to new domains. This paper addresses these issues by presenting Querix, a domain-independent natural language interface for the Semantic Web. The approach allows queries in natural language, thereby asking the user for clarification in case of ambiguities. The preliminary evaluation showed good retrieval performance.
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