Table extraction for answer retrieval

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Table extraction for answer retrieval
The ability to find tables and extract information from them is a necessary component of many information retrieval tasks. Documents often contain tables in order to communicate densely packed, multi-dimensional information. Tables do this by employing layout patterns to efficiently indicate fields and records in twodimensional form. Their rich combination of formatting and content presents difficulties for traditional retrieval techniques. This paper describes techniques for extracting tables from text and retrieving answers from the extracted information. We compare machine learning (especially, Conditional Random Fields) and heuristic methods for table extraction. To retrieve answers, our approach creates a cell document, which contains the cell and its metadata (headers, titles) for each table cell, and the retrieval model ranks the cells of the extracted tables using a language-modeling approach. Performance is tested using government statistical Web sites and news articles, and ...
Xing Wei, W. Bruce Croft, Andrew McCallum
Added 13 Dec 2010
Updated 13 Dec 2010
Type Journal
Year 2006
Where IR
Authors Xing Wei, W. Bruce Croft, Andrew McCallum
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