Description of the LINK system used for MUC-5

Steven L. Lytinen, Robert R. Burridge, Peter M. Hastings, Christian Huyck
1993 Proceedings of the 5th conference on Message understanding - MUC5 '93  
The University of Michigan's natural language processing system, called LINK, is a unificationbased system which we have developed over the last four years . Prior to MUC-4, LINK ha d been used to extract information from free-form texts in two narrow application domains . One application corpus contained terse descriptions of symptoms displayed by malfunctioning automobiles, and the repairs which fixed them . The other corpus described sequences of activities to be performed on an assembly
more » ... . In empirical testing in these two domains, LINK correctly processed 70% of previously unseen descriptions . A template was counted as correct only if all of the fillers in the template were filled correctly . In addition, LINK generated incomplete (but not incorrect) templates for another 15% of the descriptions . These previous domains were much narrower than the MUC-4 terrorism domain . As a comparison, the lexicons for the previous domains contained only 300-500 words, compared wit h 6700 words in our MUC-4 test configuration . Previous grammar size ranged from 75-100 rules , compared with over 500 rules in the MUC-4 knowledge base . In addition, the previous application domains consisted only of single-sentence inputs . Thus, the integration of information from multiple sentences was not an issue in our previous work .
doi:10.3115/1072017.1072044 dblp:conf/muc/LytinenBHH93 fatcat:mjal3ajrinhbplnenecgqsyujq