Ontology-Based Question Analysis Method

  • Ghada Besbes
  • Hajer Baazaoui-Zghal
  • Antonio Moreno
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8132)


Question analysis is a central component of Question Answering systems. In this paper we propose a new method for question analysis based on ontologies (QAnalOnto). QAnalOnto relies on four main components: (1) Lexical and syntactic analysis, (2) Question graph construction, (3) Query reformulation and (4) Search for similar questions. Our contribution consists on the representation of generic structures of questions and results by using typed attributed graphs and on the integration of domain ontologies and lexico-syntactic patterns for query reformulation. Some preliminary tests have shown that the proposed method improves the quality of the retrieved documents and the search of previous similar questions.


Question-Answering systems ontology lexico-syntactic patterns typed attributed graphs 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ghada Besbes
    • 1
  • Hajer Baazaoui-Zghal
    • 1
  • Antonio Moreno
    • 2
  1. 1.Riadi-GDLENSI Campus Universitaire de la ManoubaTunisTunisie
  2. 2.ITAKA Research Group, Departament d’Enginyeria Informatica i MatematiquesUniversitat Rovira i VirgiliTarragonaSpain

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