Are Wikipedia Resources Useful for Discovering Answers to List Questions within Web Snippets?

  • Alejandro Figueroa
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 18)


This paper presents LiSnQA, a list question answering system that extracts answers to list queries from the short descriptions of web-sites returned by search engines, called web snippets. LiSnQA mines Wikipedia resources in order to obtain valuable information that assists in the extraction of these answers. The interesting facet of LiSnQA is, that in contrast to current systems, it does not account for lists in Wikipedia, but for its redirections, categories, sandboxes, and first definition sentences. Results show that these resources strengthen the answering process.


Web mining Question answering List questions Distinct answers 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alejandro Figueroa
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  1. 1.German Centre for Artificial Intelligence - DFKISaarbrückenGermany

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