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Aligning texts and knowledge bases with semantic sentence simplification

Mrabet, Yassine, Vougiouklis, Pavlos, Kilicoglu, Halil, Gardent, Claire, Demner-Fushman, Dina, Hare, Jonathon and Simperl, Elena (2016) Aligning texts and knowledge bases with semantic sentence simplification At 2nd International Workshop on Natural Language Generation and the Semantic Web (WebNLG 2016), United Kingdom. 05 - 08 Sep 2016. , pp. 29-36.

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Finding the natural language equivalent of structured data is both a challenging and promising task. In particular, an efficient alignment of knowledge bases with texts would benefit many applications, including natural language generation, information retrieval and text simplification. In this paper, we present an approach to build a dataset of triples aligned with equivalent sentences written in natural language. Our approach consists of three main steps. First, target sentences are annotated automatically with knowledge base (KB) concepts and instances. The triples linking these elements in the KB are extracted as candidate facts to be aligned with the annotated sentence. Second, we use textual mentions referring to the subject and object of these facts to semantically simplify the target sentence via crowdsourcing. Third, the sentences provided by different contributors are post-processed to keep only the most relevant simplifications for the alignment with KB facts. We present different filtering methods, and share the constructed datasets in the public domain. These datasets contain 1050 sentences aligned with 1885 triples. They can be used to train natural language generators as well as semantic or contextual text simplifiers.

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Accepted/In Press date: 12 July 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 6 September 2016
Venue - Dates: 2nd International Workshop on Natural Language Generation and the Semantic Web (WebNLG 2016), United Kingdom, 2016-09-05 - 2016-09-08
Organisations: Web & Internet Science, Vision, Learning and Control


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Author: Yassine Mrabet
Author: Halil Kilicoglu
Author: Claire Gardent
Author: Dina Demner-Fushman
Author: Jonathon Hare ORCID iD
Author: Elena Simperl ORCID iD

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