Natural Language Interfaces to Databases: Simple Tips Towards Usability

Luísa Coheur, Ana Guimarães, Nuno Mamede

Abstract

Natural Language Interfaces to Databases can be an easy way to obtain information: the user simply has to write a question in his/her own language to get the desired answer. Nevertheless, these kind of applications also present some problems. Many of those arise from the fact that who develops the interface does it according with his/her own idea of usability, which is sometimes far from the real interaction the interface will have to support; but even when a question is syntactically supported, it can be misunderstood and a wrong answer can be provided to the user. In this paper we present some simple tips that intend to minimize these situations.

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Coheur L., Guimarães A. and Mamede N. (2008). Natural Language Interfaces to Databases: Simple Tips Towards Usability . In Proceedings of the 5th International Workshop on Natural Language Processing and Cognitive Science - Volume 1: NLPCS, (ICEIS 2008) ISBN 978-989-8111-45-6, pages 147-152. DOI: 10.5220/0001735401470152


in Bibtex Style

@conference{nlpcs08,
author={Luísa Coheur and Ana Guimarães and Nuno Mamede},
title={Natural Language Interfaces to Databases: Simple Tips Towards Usability},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 5th International Workshop on Natural Language Processing and Cognitive Science - Volume 1: NLPCS, (ICEIS 2008)},
year={2008},
pages={147-152},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0001735401470152},
isbn={978-989-8111-45-6},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 5th International Workshop on Natural Language Processing and Cognitive Science - Volume 1: NLPCS, (ICEIS 2008)
TI - Natural Language Interfaces to Databases: Simple Tips Towards Usability
SN - 978-989-8111-45-6
AU - Coheur L.
AU - Guimarães A.
AU - Mamede N.
PY - 2008
SP - 147
EP - 152
DO - 10.5220/0001735401470152