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Advances in Automatic TextAdvances in Automatic Text 
Mark Maybury CHS ‘82

ISBN-10: 0262133598
ISBN-13: 978-0262133593

With the rapid growth of the World Wide Web and electronic information services, information is becoming available on-line at an incredible rate. One result is the oft-decried information overload. No one has time to read everything, yet we often have to make critical decisions based on what we are able to assimilate. The technology of automatic text summarization is becoming indispensable for dealing with this problem. Text summarization is the process of distilling the most important information from a source to produce an abridged version for a particular user or task.Until now there has been no state-of-the-art collection of the most important writings in automatic text summarization. This book presents the key developments in the field in an integrated framework and suggests future research areas. The book is organized into six sections: Classical Approaches, Corpus-Based Approaches, Exploiting Discourse Structure, Knowledge-Rich Approaches, Evaluation Methods, and New Summarization Problem Areas.Contributors : D. A. Adams, C. Aone, R. Barzilay, E. Bloedorn, B. Boguraev, R. Brandow, C. Buckley, F. Chen, M. J. Chrzanowski, H. P. Edmundson, M. Elhadad, T. Firmin, R. P. Futrelle, J. Gorlinsky, U. Hahn, E. Hovy, D. Jang, K. Sparck Jones, G. M. Kasper, C. Kennedy, K. Kukich, J. Kupiec, B. Larsen, W. G. Lehnert, C. Lin, H. P. Luhn, I. Mani, D. Marcu, M. Maybury, K. McKeown, A. Merlino, M. Mitra, K. Mitze, M. Moens, A. H. Morris, S. H. Myaeng, M. E. Okurowski, J. Pedersen, J. J. Pollock, D. R. Radev, G. J. Rath, L. F. Rau, U. Reimer, A. Resnick, J. Robin, G. Salton, T. R. Savage, A. Singhal, G. Stein, T. Strzalkowski, S. Teufel, J. Wang, B. Wise, A. Zamora.

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Information Storage and Retrieval SystemsInformation Storage and Retrieval Systems
Mark Maybury  CHS ‘82

ISBN-10: 0792379241

ISBN-13: 978-0792379249

Chapter 1 places into perspective a total Information Storage and Retrieval System. This perspective introduces new challenges to the problems that need to be theoretically addressed and commercially implemented. Ten years ago commercial implementation of the algorithms being developed was not realistic, allowing theoreticians to limit their focus to very specific areas. Bounding a problem is still essential in deriving theoretical results. But the commercialization and insertion of this technology into systems like the Internet that are widely being used changes the way problems are bounded. From a theoretical perspective, efficient scalability of algorithms to systems with gigabytes and terabytes of data, operating with minimal user search statement information, and making maximum use of all functional aspects of an information system need to be considered. The dissemination systems using persistent indexes or mail files to modify ranking algorithms and combining the search of structured information fields and free text into a consolidated weighted output are examples of potential new areas of investigation. The best way for the theoretician or the commercial developer to understand the importance of problems to be solved is to place them in the context of a total vision of a complete system. Understanding the differences between Digital Libraries and Information Retrieval Systems will add an additional dimension to the potential future development of systems. The collaborative aspects of digital libraries can be viewed as a new source of information that dynamically could interact with information retrieval techniques.

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Intelligent Multi Media InterfacesIntelligent Multi Media Interfaces
Mark Maybury  CHS ‘82

ISBN-10: 0262631504
ISBN-13: 978-0262631501

This collection of original contributions reports on key advances in intelligent (knowledge-based) user interfaces that exploit multiple media -- text, graphics, maps -- and multiple modalities -- visual, auditory, gestural -- to facilitate human-computer interaction. Chapters are grouped into three sections that address automated presentation design, intelligent multimedia interfaces, and architectural and theoretical issues.

Although humans have a natural facility for managing and exploiting multiple input and output media, computers do not. Consequently, providing machines with the ability to interpret multimedia input and generate multimedia output would be a valuable facility for a number of key applications such as information retrieval and analysis, training and decision support. Successful intelligent multimedia interfaces require theories and technologies from a host of disciplines, including computational linguistics, computer graphics, cognitive science, human computer interaction, and computer-supported cooperative work -- all of them represented in this collection.

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Intelligent Technologies for Interactive EntertainmentIntelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment
Mark Maybury  CHS ‘82

ISBN-10: 3540305092
ISBN-13: 978-3540305095

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Knowledge Management Classic and Contemporary WorksKnowledge Management: Classic and Contemporary Works
Mark Maybury  CHS ‘82


This book provides an introduction to the field of knowledge management. Taking a learning-centric rather than information-centric approach, it emphasizes the continuous acquisition and application of knowledge. The book is organized into three sections, each opening with a classic work from a leader in the field. The first section, Strategy, discusses the motivation for knowledge management and how to structure a knowledge management program. The second section, Process, discusses the use of knowledge management to make existing practices more effective, the speeding up of organizational learning, and effective methods for implementing knowledge management. The third section, Metrics, discusses how to measure the impact of knowledge management on an organization. In addition to the classic essays, each section contains unpublished works that further develop the foundational concepts and strategies.

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New Directions in Question AnsweringNew Directions in Question Answering
Mark Maybury  CHS '82

ISBN-13: 978-0262633048

Question answering systems, which provide natural language responses to natural language queries, are the subject of rapidly advancing research encompassing both academic study and commercial applications, the most well-known of which is the search engine Ask Jeeves. Question answering draws on different fields and technologies, including natural language processing, information retrieval, explanation generation, and human computer interaction. Question answering creates an important new method of information access and can be seen as the natural step beyond such standard Web search methods as keyword query and document retrieval. This collection charts significant new directions in the field, including temporal, spatial, definitional, biographical, multimedia, and multilingual question answering.After an introduction that defines essential terminology and provides a roadmap to future trends, the book covers key areas of research and development. These include current methods, architecture requirements, and the history of question answering on the Web; the development of systems to address new types of questions; interactivity, which is often required for clarification of questions or answers; reuse of answers; advanced methods; and knowledge representation and reasoning used to support question answering. Each section contains an introduction that summarizes the chapters included and places them in context, relating them to the other chapters in the book as well as to the existing literature in the field and assessing the problems and challenges that remain.

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Personalized Digital Television Personalized Digital Television
Mark Maybury  CHS ‘82


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