Over the past few years, question answering has developed rapidly.
Question Answering (QA) has come a long way over the last couple of years. QA is the task of answering questions (typically reading comprehension questions); QA models can retrieve the answer to a question from a given text, which helps search for an answer in a document. Some QA models can generate answers without context.
A QA model may construct its answers by querying a structured database of knowledge or information, usually a knowledge base. More commonly, question answering systems can pull answers from an unstructured collection of natural language documents. QA is the process or task of building systems that respond to questions presented in natural language by people.
Some examples of natural language document collections used for question answering systems include:
1. Open Domain
2. Closed Domain
Each of these types can be divided into open and closed book QA systems
For open-domain QA, the models are not restricted to a specific domain. The texts are retrieved from sources such as books, the internet, Wikipedia, tables, graphs, knowledge bases, etc.
In closed-domain QA, the models are geared towards a specific domain, such as documents focused on the legal and healthcare sectors.
Open-book QA is where the model can access external data sources to answer questions, including Wikipedia, internal/company documents, etc. It is similar to open-book exams, where students can access information in their books.
In closed-book QA, the model responds to questions without being explicitly given a context because it has learned some information encoded into its parameters during training.
Since QA models are often used to automate the response to frequently asked questions by using a knowledge base (documents) as context, they are helpful for:
Mantium’s end-to-end AI platform has advanced QA abilities to support teams within any knowledge based systems to gain the insight and answers they need quickly. Turn your knowledge based systems data into insightful, actionable information with endless powerful business-improving capabilities with Mantium.
To learn how to develop a QA pipeline using Haystack, read our blog.
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