This technique shows superior performance over the knowledge systems based on syntactic matching of NL queries with the prior prepared NL representation of canonical queries, and the knowledge systems based on the fully formalized knowledge. Our approach gives the higher precision of answers than the former one because it involves the semantic information in higher degree. At the same time, in the logically complex and poorly structured domains SH technique gives more complete answers, possesses higher consistency to context deviation and is more efficient than the latter approach because the full knowledge formalization is not required.
The manual of semantic header technique is intended to assist the linguists and knowledge engineers in the creation of question answering systems for the sophisticated vertical domains. The manifold of coding samples and extended discussions help to deeper understand the peculiarities of using logic programming in the knowledge representation. The tutorial part is followed by the qualification test using the multiple-choice questions.
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