4 January 2021, by Reinhard Zierke
DFG funds second phase of ACQUA project
In this project, we will continue our research on comparative arguments. Our goal is to refine our technology for answering comparative questions in general with reasonable coverage.
In the second project phase, we plan to (1) strengthen the connection of knowledge bases and textual evidence as sources for argumentative answers on comparative questions, to (2) diversify arguments via axiomatically re-ranking search results from web-scale multilingual and multicultural sources for a broad coverage of different viewpoints (e.g., for “controversial” topics like programming languages or cuisine), and to (3) develop prototypes to embed summarized argumentative answers on natural language comparative questions in applications with interactive conversational interfaces, especially paying attention to argument provenance to ensure a high transparency for the user.
Our project will put argument mining in the context of the complex task of answering comparative questions, showing how argument mining can enable the creation of new kinds of semantic technologies. Prominent applications of the proposed comparative question answering approach are dialogue systems, decision support systems, and direct answers in web search engines.
The project will run for another 3 years, until 2024. The project is part of SPP RATIO - Robust Argumentation Machines.
Find more information on the project page.