Improving Question Answering by Combining Multiple Systems Via Answer Validation
Nowadays there exist several kinds of question answering systems. According to recent evaluation results, most of these systems are complementary (i.e., each one is better than the others in answering some specific type of questions). This fact indicates that a pertinent combination of various systems may allow improving the best individual result. This paper focuses on this problem. It proposes using an answer validation method to handle this combination. The main advantage of this approach is that it does not rely on internal system’s features nor depend on external answer’s redundancies. Experimental results confirm the appropriateness of our proposal. They mainly show that it outperforms individual system’s results as well as the precision obtained by a redundancy-based combination strategy.
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