Using Restricted Natural Language for Data Retrieval: A Plan for Field Evaluation

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Jon Turner

New York University (NYU) - Department of Information, Operations, and Management Sciences

Matthias Jarke

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Edward A. Stohr

Stevens Institute of Technology - School of Business

Yannis Vassiliou

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: May 1982

Abstract

One strategy that has been proposed for dealing with thegrowing backlog for development of applications is to givecasual users languages for interacting directly with databases.Yet, there is little agreement on the form suchlanguages should take. Should they be natural-like, conformingclosely to a user's native tongue or should they bestructured to take advantage of the characteristics offormal languages?This paper presents the rationale for and design of afield evaluation of natural language for data retrieval.The natural language system and application are describedalong with the research design of the project. The resultsof the first part of the study, a laboratory experimentto investigate whether users perform better with an artificial or natural language, suggest that after equalamounts of training no difference in subject performanceis found between languages using a paper and pencil test .The insights gained to date are summarized.

Suggested Citation

Turner, Jon and Jarke, Matthias and Stohr, Edward A. and Vassiliou, Yannis, Using Restricted Natural Language for Data Retrieval: A Plan for Field Evaluation (May 1982). Information Systems Working Papers Series, Vol. , pp. -, 1982. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1290178

Jon Turner

New York University (NYU) - Department of Information, Operations, and Management Sciences ( email )

44 West Fourth Street
New York, NY 10012
United States

Matthias Jarke

affiliation not provided to SSRN

No Address Available

Edward A. Stohr

Stevens Institute of Technology - School of Business ( email )

Hoboken, NJ 07030
United States

Yannis Vassiliou

affiliation not provided to SSRN

No Address Available

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