Finding Hidden Semantics of Text Tables

  • Saleh A. Alrashed
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3872)


Combining data from different sources for further automatic processing is often hindered by differences in the underlying semantics and representation. Therefore when linking information presented in documents in tabular form with data held in databases, it is important to determine as much information about the table and its content. Important information about the table data is often given in the text surrounding the table in that document. The table’s creators cannot clarify all the semantics in the table itself therefore they use the table context or the text around it to give further information. These semantics are very useful when integrating and using this data, but are often difficult to detect automatically. We propose a solution to part of this problem based on a domain ontology. The input to our system is a document that contains tabular data and the system aims to find semantics in the document that are related to the tabular data. The output of our system is a set of detected semantics linked to the corresponding table. The system uses elements of semantic detection, semantic representation, and data integration. In this paper, we discuss the experiment used to evaluate the prototype system. We also discuss the different types of test, the experiment will perform. After using the system with the test data and gathering the results of these tests, we show the significant results in our experiment.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Saleh A. Alrashed
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  1. 1.Royal Saudi Air ForceRiyadhSaudi Arabia

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