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NLP-SIR: A Natural Language Approach for Spreadsheet Information Retrieval
Flood, Derek; McDaid, Kevin; McCaffery, Fergal
Spreadsheets are a ubiquitous software tool, used for a wide variety of tasks such as financial modelling, statistical analysis and inventory management. Extracting meaningful information from such data can be a difficult task, especially for novice users unfamiliar with the advanced data processing features of many spreadsheet applications. We believe that through the use of Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques this task can be made considerably easier. This paper introduces NLP-SIR, a Natural language interface for spreadsheet information retrieval. The results of a recent evaluation which compared NLP-SIR with existing Information retrieval tools are also outlined. This evaluation has shown that NLP-SIR is a more effective method of spreadsheet information retrieval.
Keyword(s): Computer Science; Spreadsheets; information retrieval
Publication Date:
2001
Type: Conference item
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Institution: Dundalk Institute of Technology
Citation(s): Flood, Derek and McDaid, Kevin and McCaffery, Fergal (2001) NLP-SIR: A Natural Language Approach for Spreadsheet Information Retrieval. In: The European Spreadsheet Risk Interest Group Annual Conference, 2009, Paris.
File Format(s): application/pdf
Related Link(s): http://eprints.dkit.ie/112/1/Microsoft_Word_-_FloodMcDaidMcCaffery09_Final.pdf
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