Learning to Parse Natural Language Database Queries into Logical Form (1997)
For most natural language processing tasks, a parser that maps sentences into a semantic representation is significantly more useful than a grammar or automata that simply recognizes syntactically well-formed strings. This paper reviews our work on using inductive logic programming methods to learn deterministic shift-reduce parsers that translate natural language into a semantic representation. We focus on the task of mapping database queries directly into executable logical form. An overview of the system is presented followed by recent experimental results on corpora of Spanish geography queries and English job-search queries.
In Proceedings of the ML-97 Workshop on Automata Induction, Grammatical Inference, and Language Acquisition, Nashville, TN, July 1997.

Raymond J. Mooney Faculty mooney [at] cs utexas edu
Lappoon R. Tang Ph.D. Alumni ltang [at] utb edu
Cynthia Thompson Ph.D. Alumni cindi [at] cs utah edu