Date of Award

12-19-2008

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S.

Degree Program

Computer Science

Department

Computer Science

Major Professor

Abdelguerfi, Mahdi

Second Advisor

Richard III, Golden

Third Advisor

Tu, Shengru

Abstract

The vast majority of text freely available on the Internet is not available in a form that computers can understand. There have been numerous approaches to automatically extract information from human- readable sources. The most successful attempts rely on vast training sets of data. Others have succeeded in extracting restricted subsets of the available information. These approaches have limited use and require domain knowledge to be coded into the application. The current thesis proposes a novel framework for Information Extraction. From large sets of documents, the system develops statistical models of the data the user wishes to query which generally avoid the lim- itations and complexity of most Information Extractions systems. The framework uses a semi-supervised approach to minimize human input. It also eliminates the need for external Named Entity Recognition systems by relying on freely available databases. The final result is a query-answering system which extracts information from large corpora with a high degree of accuracy.

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