A Split-and-Recombine Approach for Follow-up Query Analysis




Context-dependent semantic parsing has proven to be an important yet challenging task. To leverage the advances in context-independent semantic parsing, we propose to perform follow-up query analysis, aiming to restate context-dependent natural language queries with contextual information. To accomplish the task, we propose STAR, a novel approach with a well-designed two-phase process. It is parser-independent and able to handle multifarious follow-up scenarios in different domains. Experiments on the FollowUp dataset show that STAR outperforms the state-of-the-art baseline by a large margin of nearly 8%. The superiority on parsing results verifies the feasibility of follow-up query analysis. We also explore the extensibility of STAR on the SQA dataset, which is very promising.



  title={A Split-and-Recombine Approach for Follow-up Query Analysis},
  author={Qian, Liu and Bei, Chen and Haoyan, Liu and Jian-Guang, Lou and Lei, Fang and Bin, Zhou and Dongmei, Zhang},
  booktitle={Proceedings of EMNLP},