Research Project Title:
High-Precision Question Answering Using Wikipedia Definitions
abstract:I will be working in the Infolab group to expand the capabilities of a tool called WhoAmI. The Infolab group uses WhoAmI as one tool in a system for answering questions in a highly precise way, at the live website start.csail.mit.edu. WhoAmI processes simple sentences such as the first sentence in a Wikipedia article (e.g, Bernhard Riemann was a German mathematician who X.") and related questions (e.g, "What German mathematicians Y?"). I plan to more deeply integrate WhoAmI with the question-answering system by making it produce structured expressions rather than plaintext. I will then further investigate improving our question answerer by studying and covering more complex sentences, or the expressions which WhoAmI generates, so that WhoAmI could be of even greater use.
"Having worked on Omnibase last year as a UROP student, I am very interested in studying more parts of the START question-answering system. I think it is important to apply my knowledge to a real, longer-term research project. By participating in SuperUROP, I hope to further my knowledge in natural language processing and also learn how to work on a successful research project. I am most excited to see natural, interesting questions answered well by our system."