Paper Accepted in the Journal of Web Semantics

We are very pleased to announce that our paper “Interactive Query Construction in Semantic Question Answering Systems” has been accepted in the Journal of Web Semantics. The Journal of Web Semantics is an interdisciplinary journal based on research and applications of various subject areas that contribute to the development of a knowledge-intensive and intelligent service Web.

Here is the pre-print of the published paper with its abstract:

Interactive Query Construction in Semantic Question Answering Systems
By Hamid Zafar, Mohnish Dubey, Jens Lehmann, and Elena Demidova
Abstract Semantic Question Answering (SQA) systems automatically interpret user questions expressed in a natural language in terms of semantic queries. This process involves uncertainty, such that the resulting queries do not always accurately match the user intent, especially for more complex and less common questions. In this article, we aim to empower users in guiding SQA systems towards the intended semantic queries through interaction. We introduce IQA — an interaction scheme for SQA pipelines. This scheme facilitates seamless integration of user feedback in the question answering process and relies on Option Gain — a novel metric that enables efficient and intuitive user interaction. Our evaluation shows that using the proposed scheme, even a small number of user interactions can lead to significant improvements in the performance of SQA systems.