Exploiting structure and content of Wikipedia for query expansion in the context of Question Answering

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Exploiting structure and content of Wikipedia for query expansion in the context of Question Answering is a 2009 conference paper written in English by Ganesh S., Varma V. and published in International Conference Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing, RANLP.

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Retrieving answer containing passages is a challenging task in Question Answering. In this paper we describe a novel query expansion method which aims to rank the answer containing passages better. It uses content and structured information (link structure and category information) of Wikipedia to generate a set of terms semantically related to the question. As Boolean model allows a fine-grained control over query expansion, these semantically related terms are added to the original query to form an expanded Boolean query. We conducted experiments on TREC 2006 QA data. The experimental results show significant improvements of about 24.6%, 11.1% and 12.4% in precision at 1, MRR at 20 and TDRR scores respectively using our query expansion method.

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