Date of Award

2015

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.Sc.

Department

Computer Science

First Advisor

Frost, Richard

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

Building Natural language query interfaces (NLI) to databases is one the most interesting and challenging fields of study for computer scientists and researchers. There have been many advancements and achievements in this area that enables NLIs to operate more efficiently and have wide NL coverage. However, there exists some shortcomings in query interface to semantic web triplestores. Some researchers have attempted to extend the range of queries that can be answered. However, only a few techniques can handle queries containing complex chained prepositional phrases. This thesis involves extending an existing method that can accommodate prepositional phrases to also be able to handle "when...," "where...," and "with what..." type queries. The approach developed is implemented in the Miranda programing environment.

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