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    Knowledge mining over scientific literature and technical documentation

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    Abstract This dissertation focuses on the extraction of information implicitly encoded in domain descriptions (technical terminology and related items) and its usage within a restricted-domain question answering system (QA). Since different variants of the same term can be used to refer to the same domain entity, it is necessary to recognize all possible forms of a given term and structure them, so that they can be used in the question answering process. The knowledge about domain descriptions and their mutual relations is leveraged in an extension to an existing QA system, aimed at the technical maintenance manual of a well-known commercial aircraft. The original version of the QA system did not make use of domain descriptions, which are the novelty introduced by the present work. The explicit treatment of domain descriptions provided considerable gains in terms of efficiency, in particular in the process of analysis of the background document collection. Similar techniques were later applied to another domain (biomedical scientific literature), focusing in particular on protein- protein interactions. This dissertation describes in particular: (1) the extraction of domain specific lexical items which refer to entities of the domain; (2) the detection of relationships (like synonymy and hyponymy) among such items, and their organization into a conceptual structure; (3) their usage within a domain restricted question answering system, in order to facilitate the correct identification of relevant answers to a query; (4) the adaptation of the system to another domain, and extension of the basic hypothesis to tasks other than question answering. Zusammenfassung Das Thema dieser Dissertation ist die Extraktion von Information, welche implizit in technischen Terminologien und ähnlichen Ressourcen enthalten ist, sowie ihre Anwendung in einem Antwortextraktionssystem (AE). Da verschiedene Varianten desselben Terms verwendet werden können, um auf den gleichen Begriff zu verweisen, ist die Erkennung und Strukturierung aller möglichen Formen Voraussetzung für den Einsatz in einem AE-System. Die Kenntnisse über Terme und deren Relationen werden in einem AE System angewandt, welches auf dem Wartungshandbuch eines bekannten Verkehrsflugzeug fokussiert. Die ursprüngliche Version des Systems hatte keine explizite Behandlung von Terminologie. Die explizite Behandlung von Terminologie lieferte eine beachtliche Verbesserung der Effizienz des Systems, insbesondere was die Analyse der zugrundeliegenden Dokumentensammlung betrifft. Ähnliche Methodologien wurden später auf einer anderen Domäne angewandt (biomedizinische Literatur), mit einen besonderen Fokus auf Interaktionen zwischen Proteinen. Diese Dissertation beschreibt insbesondere: (1) die Extraktion der Terminologie (2) die Identifikation der Relationen zwischen Termen (wie z.B. Synonymie und Hyponymie) (3) deren Verwendung in einen AE System (4) die Portierung des Systems auf eine andere Domäne

    MultiGBS: A multi-layer graph approach to biomedical summarization

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    Automatic text summarization methods generate a shorter version of the input text to assist the reader in gaining a quick yet informative gist. Existing text summarization methods generally focus on a single aspect of text when selecting sentences, causing the potential loss of essential information. In this study, we propose a domain-specific method that models a document as a multi-layer graph to enable multiple features of the text to be processed at the same time. The features we used in this paper are word similarity, semantic similarity, and co-reference similarity, which are modelled as three different layers. The unsupervised method selects sentences from the multi-layer graph based on the MultiRank algorithm and the number of concepts. The proposed MultiGBS algorithm employs UMLS and extracts the concepts and relationships using different tools such as SemRep, MetaMap, and OGER. Extensive evaluation by ROUGE and BERTScore shows increased F-measure values

    Analysis of a one-dimensional Hamiltonian with a singular double well consisting of two nonlocal δ′\delta' interactions

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    The objective of the present paper is the study of a one-dimensional Hamiltonian inside which the potential is given by the sum of two nonlocal attractive δ′\delta' interactions of equal strength and symmetrically located with respect to the origin. We use the procedure known as {\it renormalisation of the coupling constant} in order to rigorously achieve a self-adjoint determination for this Hamiltonian. This model depends on two parameters, the interaction strength and the distance between the centre of each interaction and the origin. Once we have the self-adjoint determination, we obtain its discrete spectrum showing that it consists of two negative eigenvalues representing the energy levels. We analyse the dependence of these energy levels on the above-mentioned parameters. We investigate the possible resonances of the model. Furthermore, we analyse in detail the limit of our model as the distance between the supports of the two δ′\delta' interactions vanishes.Comment: 22 pages, 18 figure


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    We propose a new approach to the problem of finding the eigenvalues (energy levels) in the discrete spectrum of the one-dimensional Hamiltonian with an attractive Gaussian potential by using the well-known Birman-Schwinger technique. However, in place of the Birman-Schwinger integral operator we consider an isospectral operator in momentum space, taking advantage of the unique feature of this potential, that is to say its invariance under Fourier transform. Given that such integral operators are trace class, it is possible to determine the energy levels in the discrete spectrum of the Hamiltonian as functions of the coupling constant with great accuracy by solving a finite number of transcendental equations. We also address the important issue of the coupling constant thresholds of the Hamiltonian, that is to say the critical values of λ for which we have the emergence of an additional bound state out of the absolutely continuous spectrum.

    ODIN: An Advanced Interface for the Curation of Biomedical Literature

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