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Currently I am a high school student and new to the natural language processing field.

I am trying to write a Java program that can provide answers that can be understood by humans to the questions that are in natural language. I have looked at Java documentation and site but I am afraid that I am jumping in further than I can reach.

I am learning very quickly so I might be going into the deep end. For example I know that I can use the split function for minimal parsing but I am unsure where to move past to get actions that I require and I am not getting in enough hours per day to sit down and read all the vasts amount of information. It would be great if there was an entry point for a student like myself that I can take one section at a time.

What would be an ideal starting point in terms of CS topics (and documentation) to get myself immersed in this topic?


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Depends on what you actually mean. Searching for "sentence parsing" and similar will get you the parsing part. After that you're into the realm of knowledge representation, and there's a million ways of going at that. – Dave Newton Oct 20 '11 at 1:08
What resources have you already found? What parts of them were useful, what parts were not? Is there a particular/finite concept you're struggling with that some (or many) resources aren't covering? This is a Q&A website, not a search service, please put some more work into your question, if you told us what research you'd already done this would be an interesting (and thus, likely popular) question; as it stands it's overly broad. – Mark Elliot Oct 20 '11 at 1:14
sorry ive looked thourght the java help and here for answers on it and even lynda but i only find tid bits of info im more looking for atutorial – Rudy Gruse Oct 20 '11 at 1:19… – Rudy Gruse Oct 20 '11 at 1:20
Why did you post a link to the String API (of a really old Java)? I mean... not trying to be mean, but if you can't figure out what to search for, it seems like actually implementing it might be a bit much. – Dave Newton Oct 20 '11 at 1:31
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Nice to hear you're interested in NLP.

You are actually trying to develop Question Answering ( which is a sub-topic of NLP/IR.

Here is a link with plenty of resources:

And here is a report of an implemented system, which should give you an idea about general methodology for QA:

I'm afraid the material is quite academic and specialized. I suggest you try to grasp most of it before starting to code. If you have difficulty understanding topics, you can look up core concepts in one of the following books:

Good luck and have fun!

thank you so much both of you have given me great info if i could put two answers i would but he was first.. But yah I am trying to create a rudimentery program that reads in sentences then uses them to create defintions for other words and eventually form the meaning behind a paragraph – Bored915 Oct 22 '11 at 1:02

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