Smart Help for Novice Users Based on Application Software Manuals
Shino Iwashita*, Noriko Ito**, Ichiro Kobayashi***,
Toru Sugimoto****, and Michio Sugeno**
*Kyushu University, 4-9-1 Shiobaru, Minami-ku, Fukuoka 815-8540, Japan
**Doshisha University, 1-3 Tatara Miyakodani, Kyotanabe, Kyoto 610-0394, Japan
***Ochanomizu University, 2-1-1 Otsuka, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8610, Japan
****RIKEN Brain Science Institute, 2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198, Japan
The smart help we propose based on application software manuals features four phases: (1) understanding the user’s input text, which is a question about software operation; (2) matching the result of understanding with software manual text; (3) planning a dialog with the user; and (4) paraphrasing matching manual text to output for the user. Manual text found during matching is paraphrased using the analysis result found during understanding. In planning, the rhetorical structure of the selected manual is used to determine which clauses in matching manual text are specifically relevant to the user’s question. Four paraphrases for a novice user are identified in a subject experiment, and rules for these are applied based on linguistic features extracted during the understanding. We evaluated an implemented prototype, and discuss its applications and problems.
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