From Databases to Natural Language: The Unusual Direction

  • Yannis Ioannidis
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-69858-6_3

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5039)
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Ioannidis Y. (2008) From Databases to Natural Language: The Unusual Direction. In: Kapetanios E., Sugumaran V., Spiliopoulou M. (eds) Natural Language and Information Systems. NLDB 2008. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 5039. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


There has been much work in the past that combines the fields of Databases and Natural Language Processing. Almost all efforts, however, have gone in one direction: given unstructured, natural-language elements (requests, text excerpts, etc.), one creates structured, database elements (queries, records, etc.). The other direction has been mostly ignored, although it is very rich in application opportunities as well as in research problems. This short paper outlines several aspects of this other direction, identifying some relevant technical challenges as well as corresponding real applications.


Databases natural language processing text synthesis 


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yannis Ioannidis
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  1. 1.Dept. of Informatics & Telecommunications, MaDgIK LabUniversity of AthensHellasGreece

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