Interpreting consumer health questions: The role of anaphora and ellipsis

Halil Kilicoglu, Marcelo Fiszman, Dina Demner-Fushman

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Abstract

While interest in biomedical question answering has been growing, research in consumer health question answering remains relatively sparse. In this paper, we focus on the task of consumer health question understanding. We present a rule-based methodology that relies on lexical and syntactic information as well as anaphora/ellipsis resolution to construct structured representations of questions (frames). Our results indicate the viability of our approach and demonstrate the important role played by anaphora and ellipsis in interpreting consumer health questions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBioNLP 2013 - 2013 Workshop on Biomedical Natural Language Processing at the 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, ACL 2013, Proceedings of the Workshop
EditorsKevin Bretonnel Cohen, Dina Demner-Fushman, Sophia Ananiadou, John Pestian, Jun'ichi Tsujii
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics (ACL)
Pages54-62
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781937284541
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event2013 Workshop on Biomedical Natural Language Processing, BioNLP 2013 at the 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, ACL 2013 - Sofia, Bulgaria
Duration: Aug 8 2013 → …

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics
ISSN (Print)0736-587X

Conference

Conference2013 Workshop on Biomedical Natural Language Processing, BioNLP 2013 at the 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, ACL 2013
Country/TerritoryBulgaria
CitySofia
Period8/8/13 → …

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Language and Linguistics

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