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An Embodied question answering system for use in the treatment of eating disorders

Täckström, Oscar and Bergh, Cecilia and Sahlgren, Magnus and Sjölinder, Marie and Södersten, Per and Zandian, Modjtaba (2008) An Embodied question answering system for use in the treatment of eating disorders. In: The Fourth International Workshop on Human-Computer Conversation, 6-7 October 2008, Bellagio, Italy.

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Abstract

This paper presents work in progress on implementing an embodied question answering system, Dr. Cecilia, in the form of a virtual caregiver, for use in the treatment of eating disorders. The rationale for the system is grounded in one of the few effective treatments for anorexia and bulimia nervosa. The questions and answers database is encoded using natural language, and is easily updatable by human caregivers without any technical expertise. Matching of users' questions with database entries is performed using a weighted and normalized n-gram similarity function. In this paper we give a comprehensive background to and an overview of the system, with a focus on aspects pertaining to natural language processing and user interaction. The system is currently only implemented for Swedish.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
ID Code:3437
Deposited By:Oscar Tackström
Deposited On:30 Jan 2009
Last Modified:18 Nov 2009 16:22

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