Artifact Details

Title

Natural language access to databases

Catalog Number

102724524

Type

Moving image

Date

1987-10-28

Credits

Goldstein, Ira

Publisher

University Video Communications

Duration

00:41:00

Format

U-matic

Copyright Holder

Computer History Museum

Description

From University Video Communications' catalog:

"The ability to gain access to information stored in databases by expressing a request in natural language is desirable, but not widely available for serious applications. After weighing the advantages of natural language vs. formal query languages, we review some of the reasons why NL interfaces are difficult to develop for serious applications. In our work on natural language understanding at Hewlett-Packard Labs, we are addressing these challenges, and are also working to develop metrics for evaluating both our progress and that of our colleagues in the field. We present one such set of metrics that is used to track our progress in coverage of English grammatical constructions, and we outline a more general framework for measuring the quality of NL interfaces for database query."

Category

Lecture

Collection Title

University Video Communications lectures

Series Title

Distinguished Lecture Series : Software Engineering and Programming

Credit

Gift of University Video Communications

Lot Number

X6636.2013