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Title: Natural-Language Question-Answering Systems
Author(s): Waltz, David L.
Subject(s): Reference services (Libraries) --Automation Database searching Online bibliographic searching Information retrieval Natural-language systems question-answering systems
Abstract: In his excellent book, Libraries of the Future, 1 J.C.R. Licklider paints an elaborate picture of what libraries may become by the year 2000. He sees libraries as being accessible through and augmented by digital computer programs and evolving into "procognitive systems," or general aids to think- ing. Many library documents, as well as much text, such as that of computer- typeset books have already been made computer-readable. But how far have we come in devising programs that do this reading automatically? And how close are we to systems that can understand users' questions, comments and commands? These are questions I will attempt to answer in this paper. The systems I will describe all deal primarily with facts rather than documents. I assume that facts are inherently more difficult to deal with, and that documents are a special case of fact.
Issue Date: 1975
Publisher: Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info: In The use of computers in literature searching and related reference activities in libraries : papers presented at the 1975 Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing, April 27-30, 1975, ed. F.W. Lancaster. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 137-144.
Series/Report: Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing (12th : 1975)
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
ISBN: 0-87845-043-2
ISSN: 0069-4789
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Rights Information: Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-06-13

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