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Question Answering (Wintersemester 2011/2012)

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Felix Naumann (Information Systems)
Course Website: http://www.hpi.uni-potsdam.de/naumann/teaching/ws_1112/question_answering.html

General Information

  • Weekly Hours: 2
  • Credits: 3
  • Graded: yes
  • Enrolment Deadline: 1.10.2011 - 31.3.2012
  • Teaching Form: Seminar
  • Enrolment Type: Compulsory Elective Module

Programs & Modules

IT-Systems Engineering BA
  • Operating Systems & Information Systems Technology

Description

Automatic Question Answering (QA) has received researchers’ attention over the last decade. It aims to find a short answer string which exactly addresses the users' questions rather than overwhelm them with a large number of retrieved documents, which they must sort through to find the desired answer.

This goal is usually achieved using a combination of different techniques, including

  • information retrieval
  • information extraction
  • natural language processing
  • opinion mining.

In this seminar we will cover the most important components and techniques that are required for building a question answering system. In addition, the students will build a QA system that can answer questions from "Who wants to be a millionaire?".

More information can be found in the cource webpage at information systems research group.

Requirements

  • basic knowledge on information retrieval and machine learning

Learning

  • Weekly seminars
  • Literature review for QA systems
  • Implementation of a simple QA system for anwering multi-choice questions
  • Presentation

Examination

  • Attending weekly seminars
  • Reading of relevant literature for one of the QA components and giving an intermediate talk about the component
  • Implementing one part of a simple question answering system for "Who wants to be a millionaire?"
  • Presenting the final results of the implemented QA system

Dates

The first session in which we will propose the relevant topics will be on Monday, October 17th, 2011 at 15:15. Room: A 2-2

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