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A Framework for Automatic Causality Extraction Using Semantic Similarity

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Sanghee Kim, Rob H. Bracewell, Ken M. Wallace

University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Paper No. DETC2007-35193, pp. 831-840; 10 pages
  • ASME 2007 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 2: 27th Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Parts A and B
  • Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, September 4–7, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4803-5 | eISBN: 0-7918-3806-4
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


Textual documents are the most common way of storing and distributing information within organizations. Extracting useful information from large text collections is therefore the goal of every organization that would like to take advantage of the experience encapsulated in those texts. Entering data using a free text style is easy, as it does not require any special training. However, unstructured texts pose a major challenge for automatic extraction and retrieval systems. Generally, deep levels of text analysis using advanced and complex linguistic processing are necessary that involve computational linguistic experts and domain experts. Linguistic experts are rare in engineering organizations, which thus find it difficult to apply and exploit such advanced extraction techniques. It is therefore desirable to minimize the extensive involvement of linguist experts by learning extraction patterns automatically from example texts. In doing so, the analysis of given texts is necessary in order to identify the scope and suitable automatic methods. Focusing on causality reasoning in the field of fault diagnosis, the results of experimenting with an automatic causality extraction method using shallow linguistic processing are presented.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME



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