Question Responses

A corpus-based taxonomy of question responses

Paweł Łupkowski, Jonathan Ginzburg

(Pawel.Lupkowski[at]amu.edu.pl; yonatan.ginzburg[at]univ-paris-diderot.fr)

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  1. Paweł Łupkowski, Jonathan Ginzburg (2013), A corpus-based taxonomy of question responses. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Computational Semantics (IWCS 2013), March 2013, Potsdam, Germany, Association for Computational Linguistics, s. 354–361. [PDF]
  2. Paweł Łupkowski, Jonathan Ginzburg (2016), Query Responses, Journal of Language Modelling, 4(2), 2016, p. 245–292. [PDF]
    • Data from the annotation study [ZIP]

Abstract

In this article we consider the phenomenon of answering a query with a query. Although such answers are common, no large scale, corpus-based characterization exists, with the exception of clarification requests. After briefly reviewing different theoretical approaches on this subject, we present a corpus study of query responses in the British National Corpus and develop a taxonomy for query responses. We point at a variety of response categories that have not been formalized in previous dialogue work, particularly those relevant to adversarial interaction. We show that different response categories have significantly different rates of subsequent answer provision. We provide a formal analysis of the response categories in the framework of KoS.

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