TextNet--A Text-Based Intelligent System

Sanda Barabagiu and Dan Moldovan

This paper describes a text-based knowledge representaion system, capable of abductive inference. The system, called TextNet, uses the semantic information rendered by WordNet to process texts and to connect texts on the fly. Our system contains (1) a linguistic backbone, enhancing the semantics of WordNet 1.5., (2) corpora comprising indexed Treebank texts, html documents provided by web crawlers and (3) an inference module capable of abductions on the linguistic knowledge base. The inference system produces the representation of compound concepts by recognizing their typical functions.

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