Ask george washington on negotiated texts with quill Q and A
IEEE International Conference on Data Mining Workshops, ICDMW
© 2018 IEEE. Open-domain question answering is an emerging field of natural language processing. Application areas of question answering (QA) systems are increasing with the availability of new datasets, more powerful machines and easy access to voice-enabled devices that interact with humans in their daily lives. Users can get into interactions with QA systems without the need to be limited by any domain. However, there is still need for QA systems that can answer questions in a specific field such as international criminal law, violence of human rights or bill of rights. The recent approaches on open-domain question answering made it possible to extend open-domain QA systems towards specific fields. This paper presents Quill-QA, the new feature of the Quill Platform. Quill Platform is a web platform providing set of tools that digitize and visualize negotiated texts, any text in the form of formal negotiations. Quill-QA is based on Facebook's DrQA system and as a result it adopts a flexible Ranker-Reader architecture. Quill-QA answers questions addressed on the samples of negotiated texts such as U.S. Constitutional Convention of 1787, Utah State Constitutional Convention of 1895 and European Union Act 2017. Without limiting the scope of the input questions to a finite set of templates, Quill-QA is the first QA system that focuses on negotiated texts.