Bottom-Up Relational Learning of Pattern Matching Rules for Information Extraction (2003)
Information Extraction is a form of shallow text processing that locates a specified set of relevant items in a natural-language document. Systems for this task require significant domain-specific knowledge and are time-consuming and difficult to build by hand, making them a good application for machine learning. We present a aystem, RAPIER, that uses pairs of sample documents and filled templates to induce pattern-match rules that directly extract fillers for the slots in the template. RAPIER employs a bottom-up learning algorithm which incorporates techniques from several inductive logic programming systems and acquires unbounded patterns that include constraints on the words, part-of-speech tags, and semantic classes present in the filler and the surrounding text. We present encouraging experimental results on two domains.
Journal of Machine Learning Research (2003), pp. 177-210.

Mary Elaine Califf Ph.D. Alumni mecaliff [at] ilstu edu
Raymond J. Mooney Faculty mooney [at] cs utexas edu