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System and method for a dynamic mashup of a question answering system with integrated internet search

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236029D
Publication Date: 2014-Apr-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 163K

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Abstract

This article discloses how answers received from a question and answering system and an ingested corpus could be supplemented with dynamic information from other sources. This supplemental information could be gathered using location to increase the relevance of the information to the user or determined from trend analysis of the sequence of questions a user has asked in the past.

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System and method for a dynamic mashup of a question answering system with integrated internet search When questions are issued against a corpus containing general facts, the answers returned are correct but lack additional detail that a user would find relevant. In order to get this additional detail, the user must ask additional questions that are more specific. In some cases, answers to the more specific questions might not be contained in the corpus. This invention describes a way to gather information from sources other than an ingested corpus and make that information available to the user along with the answer to their question.

Using a traditional question and answering system, a question like "'What companies offer competitive auto insurance for teenagers in North Carolina?" might return a set of answers such as State Farm*, and GEICO**. Once the user has that information, the user must then ask additional questions or consult additional sources to obtain additional information such as where those agencies are located or what their phone number is before taking the next step in getting insurance for their teen driver. This invention would:
- Provide additional information that could save the user from asking additional questions.

- Provide additional information about the answer that is location specific (increases relevance)

- Supplement the information in a fact based corpus with dynamic information from other sources such as the internet.

User asks a question of a question answering system - for example: "What companies offer competitive auto insurance for teenagers in North Carolina?"

Before results are presented to the user, the question answering system produces a list of keywords it would use for primary search


These keywords are used to perform an internet search as well as a parallel search in the question answering system A set of results is returned from both the internet search and the question answering system.

A component combines the results from the QA Search and the internet search and determines which results are most relevant.

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example, search engines that make use of context info...