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dc.contributor.authorKhoury, Richard 18:59:39 (GMT) 18:59:39 (GMT)
dc.description.abstractThis study seeks to explore and develop innovative methods for the extraction of semantic knowledge from unlabelled written English documents and the representation of this knowledge using a formal mathematical expression to facilitate its use in practical applications. The first method developed in this research focuses on semantic information extraction. To perform this task, the study introduces a natural language processing (NLP) method designed to extract information-rich keywords from English sentences. The method involves initially learning a set of rules that guide the extraction of keywords from parts of sentences. Once this learning stage is completed, the method can be used to extract the keywords from complete sentences by pairing these sentences to the most similar sequence of rules. The key innovation in this method is the use of a part-of-speech hierarchy. By raising words to increasingly general grammatical categories in this hierarchy, the system can compare rules, compute the degree of similarity between them, and learn new rules. The second method developed in this study addresses the problem of knowledge representation. This method processes triplets of keywords through several successive steps to represent information contained in the triplets using possibility distributions. These distributions represent the possibility of a topic given a particular triplet of keywords. Using this methodology, the information contained in the natural language triplets can be quantified and represented in a mathematical format, which can be easily used in a number of applications, such as document classifiers. In further extensions to the research, a theoretical justification and mathematical development for both methods are provided, and examples are given to illustrate these notions. Sample applications are also developed based on these methods, and the experimental results generated through these implementations are expounded and thoroughly analyzed to confirm that the methods are reliable in practice.en
dc.publisherUniversity of Waterlooen
dc.subjectNatural language processingen
dc.subjectpossibility theoryen
dc.subjectsemantic understandingen
dc.titleGrammatical Functions and Possibilistic Reasoning for the Extraction and Representation of Semantic Knowledge in Text Documentsen
dc.typeDoctoral Thesisen
dc.subject.programElectrical and Computer Engineeringen and Computer Engineeringen
uws-etd.degreeDoctor of Philosophyen

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