Publication Date

Fall 2015

Degree Type

Master's Project

Department

Computer Science

Abstract

Yioop is an open source search engine developed and managed by Dr. Christopher Pollett. Currently, Yioop returns the search results of the query in the form of list of URLs, just like other search engines (Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo, etc.) This paper created a new module for Yioop. This new module, known as the Question-Answering (QA) System, takes the search queries in the form of natural language questions and returns results in the form of a short answer that is appropriate to the question asked. This feature is achieved by implementing various functionalities of Natural Language Processing (NLP). By using NLP, the new Question-Answering (QA) System attempts to extract the necessary information from the query provided by the user and provides an appropriate answer from the available data.

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