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Natural Language Interface

Natural Language Interface

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Natural language interface(description of workflow)The main advantage of this interface over traditional menu-oriented interfaces is a possibility to retrieve the information fast and efficiently by submitting asingle phrase in natural language instead of tedious selection of menu elements. The natural language interface is flexible and adaptive both to changes in theknowledge domain and user's views. It provides a possibility to formulate arbitrary queries in various languages (in English and in Russian, currently) to theFlyEx database.To formulate and execute queries to the database the HTML form Natural LanguageInterface is to be filled by a userThe text of a query is entered in the text field QUERY. The list QUERY EXAMPLEScontains a set of predefined standard queries for convenience. On selection of aquery from the list this query is displayed automatically in the field QUERY and may be edited before execution.By default a query returns all rows, which satisfy to selection criterion. The text field MAX. NUMBER OF ROWS RETURNED allows to define a number of rows which will be returned as a result of a query. If this number is smaller than the number of rows indicated in the field, all rows will be returned.The checkboxes "Search in" allow to specify the databases. It is possible to select any combination of databases. Note, that while both Mooshka and FlyEx provide access to data on expression of segmentation genes in Drosophila blastoderm, they were developed using relational technology and technology of multidimensional databases, and differ in their contents.Selection of the link SWITCH TO RUSSIAN calls the Russian version of the query form. The queries in Russian are submitted and executed similarly to queries in EnglishBy pressing the button SEND QUERY a query will be executed and after a while a result of the query will appear in a new browser window. In the upper part of this window the query in natural language is displayed, in which words used to retrieve the information from the database are shown in red. The SQL query, automatically generated by the system, is presented below the NL query. SQL query can beedited and returned to the server by pressing the button SEND QUERY. The queryresult is displayed as a table. presents the result of the query "Which embryoswere scanned for expression of Kruppel, giant and even-skipped?".To formulate a NL query a user can use any concept described in the conceptual scheme. Both queries which use higher level or lower level concepts are interpreted by the system equally well. For example, the cleavage cycles from 11 to 13 are parts of developmental stage 4 and the query `What embryos belong to stage 4?'returns a list of embryos belonging to these cycles.To formulate a NL query a user may type the words in any word form (for example,embryo or embryos, gene or genes). The query can be formulated both as a wholephrase or as a list of keywords. For instance, the query `embryos Kr gt eve' will return the same result as the query `Which embryos were scanned for expressionof Kruppel, giant and even-skipped?'The queries can be formulated using synonyms or even laboratory jargon. For example, a gene name can be introduced both as a full name or a symbol. To retrievethe information about a gene group one can equally use terms `gene group' and `combination of genes' or even abbreviation in the form of three capital letters,each of which corresponds to the common notation of the gene (e.g. `BHE' - groupscanned for expression of bcd, gt and eve).

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