Use this URL to cite or link to this record in EThOS:
Title: The interpretation of tables in texts
Author: Hurst, Matthew Francis
ISNI:       0000 0004 2683 3908
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2000
Availability of Full Text:
Access from EThOS:
This thesis looks at the issues relating to the development of technology capable of processing tables as they appear in textual documents so that their contents may be accessed and further interpreted by standard information extraction and natural language processing systems. The thesis offers a formal description of the table and the description and evaluation of a system which provides instances of that model for table examples. There are three parts to the thesis. The first looks at tables in general terms, suggests where their complexities are to be found, and reviews the literature dealing with research into tables in other fields. The second part introduces a layered model of the table and provides some notational equipment for encoding tables in these component layers. The final part discusses the design, implementation and evaluation of a system which produces an instance of the model for the tables found in a document. It also discusses the design and collection of a corpus of tables used for the training and evaluation of the system. The thesis catalogues a large number of phenomena discovered in the corpus collected during the research and provides appropriate terminology
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available