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Initial Analysis of Simple Where-Questions and Human-Generated Answers

Ehsan Hamzei, Stephan Winter, Martin Tomko

Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics, LIPIcs | LIPIcs | Published : 2019

Abstract

Geographic questions are among the most frequently asked questions in Web search and question answering systems. While currently responses to the questions are machine-generated by document/snippet retrieval, in the future these responses will need to become more similar to answers provided by humans. Here, we have analyzed human answering behavior as response to simple where questions (i.e., where questions formulated only with one toponym) in terms of type, scale, and prominence of the places referred to. We have used the largest available machine comprehension dataset, MS-MARCO v2.1. This study uses an automatic approach for extraction, encoding and analysis of the questions and answers. ..

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