Bachelor's and Master's Theses

Bachelor's and Master's theses can be written in German or, by arrangement, in English. In the Master Data Science, the thesis has to be written in English.

Valid only for the Master Data Science: Please see this page for information.


In general, we offer topics from the fields of databases, information retrieval and semantic information systems. More precisely, our topics mainly belong to one or more of the areas of searching on semistructured data, integration of heterogeneous information sources, efficiency of large-scale search engines, conversational information retrieval, natural language processing, human computer interaction, data integration, query processing, semantic web, computational argumentation (ranking, clustering, validating and extracting arguments from natural language texts), scholarly recommendation systems, domain-specific query languages and scientometrics.

The topic of a thesis determines which person supervises the thesis. The thematic focus of the advisors can be found on their personal page under Team.

If you are interested in a topic suggested by the chair or if you have your own topic suggestion for a Bachelor's or Master's thesis, please contact Prof. Dr. Ralf Schenkel. If you have already spoken with staff of the chair about a possible topic, please also include this in your email.


Please send us a list of your successfully completed modules with your request for a thesis. This overview helps us to assess which possible topic might fit your skills.

For a Bachelor's thesis, we expect that you have already successfully completed the following modules (if included in your module plan as a compulsory module) before you apply for a topic with us, as the content is very helpful for the successful completion of a Bachelor's thesis in our topics: Database Systems (Datenbanksysteme), Non-Relational Information Systems (Nichtrelationale Informationssysteme), CS-Project (Informatik-Projekt or Großes Studienprojekt), Advanced Programming (Fortgeschrittene Programmierung or Programmierung II).

For a Master's thesis, we expect you to have attended relevant Master's lectures offered by the group in the field of database systems or information retrieval. Ideally, you should also have completed your research project with the group.

Completed Bachelor's theses

[MT] Automatic selection of thematically suitable publications for indexing in a subject-specific bibliographic database

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[MT] A Web-Interface for Exploration and Visualization of Bibliographic Metadata

Abstract: There are many systems for the exploration of bibliographic metadata. However, retrieving and filtering information that is actually relevant often requires complicated search interfaces and long search paths, especially for complex information needs. In this work a web interface for the exploration and visualization of bibliographic metadata is proposed. The core idea is based on a Domain Specific Query Language (DSQL) called SchenQL which aims to be easy to learn and intuitive for domain experts as well as casual users for efficiently retrieving information on bibliographic metadata. This is achieved by using natural sounding keywords and specially designed functions for this particular domain. In addition, the web interface implements useful visualizations of citations and references or co-author relationships. The interface also offers keyword suggestions and an auto completion feature that allows for easily creating SchenQL queries, without having to learn all the keywords of the language beforehand. A three-part user study with 10 students and employees from the field of computer science was conducted where the effectiveness and usability of the SchenQL web interface was evaluated.

[BT] Comparison of contextualised embedding methods for similarity calculation of statements

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[BT] Feature Evaluation of Citation Distance Networks: Exploring new ways of measuring Scientific Impact

Abstract: This thesis introduces improvements to current approaches of classifying scientific work by observing the semantic similarity of publications in the same citation neighborhood. Available patterns in the neighborhood structures are used to generate an initial set of features. Different text representations, similarity measures and feature modes are implemented and studied to explore new approaches of generating meaningful features that improve classification procedures. Features are evaluated in terms of their predictive power when learning a model that distinguishes between seminal and survey publications. Learning patterns from features to better distinguish between the publications will be a proxy of the effectiveness of these features in evaluating research impact. The state-of-the-art research in this area achieved a result of 68.97% prediction accuracy whereas the approaches presented in this thesis achieved a prediction accuracy of up to 86.98% and therefore beat the latest results by a large margin. Thorough evaluation of the feature sets reveals which relationships in a neighborhood structure provide information that can help improve current research evaluation metrics by identifying high impact scientific work.

Keywords: Semantometrics - Feature Engineering - Natural Language Processing

[BT] Learning the Interface of Web APIs

All kinds of information can be retrieved from web APIs, for example metadata of publications. However, it is not always obvious what kind of data must be sent to the web API in order to receive a meaningful response. For this problem, a programme was developed that learns the appropriate transfer parameters of web APIs with the help of a source database. For this purpose, each type of data from the source database is sent to the web API and it is checked whether the response of the API is related to the sent data. Various parameters can be used to configure how closely the responses of the web API must match the data of the source database in order to be considered meaningful. For this purpose, several metrics for calculating string similarities were used to find the matches of both data sets. Through a suitable evaluation, it could be shown that with good configuration parameters all matches are found. In the presented system, a user also has the possibility to choose different metrics to compare the similarity of two values. For example, it is possible to specify that there must be an exact match between some data, such as ISBNs or other IDs. With the right configuration parameters, as well as knowing and specifying which metric is best for which type of data, almost any data can be recognised as a match that a human would also consider a match.

[BT] Meter reading app

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Completed Master's theses

[MT] Realisierung einer Lastprognose für [die] Wärmeleistung der nächsten fünf Tage mithilfe von verschiedenen Machine-Learning-Algorithmen

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[MT] Fair ranking of search results

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[MT] Explainable AI for Environmental Gas Sensors

Releasing harmful pollutants like ozone and nitrogen dioxide gas into the atmosphere has been a serious concern in today’s era. Such gases are harmful to the health of humans as well as other species and cause damage to the environment. Therefore, it has become necessary to find ways to monitor the air quality around us. With technological advancement, chemical gas sensors equipped with machine or deep learning algorithms can be employed to detect these gases and their concentrations. However, with the use of such algorithms, there comes a challenge to understand why they made certain predictions in human terms. This thesis aims to address this concern by adopting different explainable artificial intelligence (XAI) approaches for the gas sensors that can help understand the reasons behind the predictions made by the models, allowing not only to understand these models but also improve understanding of sensor behaviour.

[MT] A generic translation concept for the SchenQL query language

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[MT] Comparison of Extrapolation Models for Hard-Drive Failures

Hard disk drive failures are a rare event, nonetheless the occurrence of such failures especially in modern data storage centres can result in catastrophic data losses and large monetary costs. To tackle such problems, companies rely on SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Report Technology) attributes which monitor the state of drives and report upcoming failures. Therefore, this thesis uses the Backblaze public dataset and aims at forecasting hard drive failures that would happen in 1, 10, 20 and 30 days. Also, SMART features were modeled as lag windows to include past values, with one of the window sizes: current day, last five days or last ten days. For forecasting, machine learning algorithms Random Forest, Linear Support Vector Machine and Multi-layer Perceptron were used. These models were also compared and evaluated using raw, normalized and standardized SMART features in order to observe their forecasting abilities. The training and testing of models was set in Azure machine learning, using various Jupyter Notebooks and blob storage for storing the data. Thus, the obtained results showed that models were able to forecast failures that would happen in a further future than in a nearer one. On the other hand, including past feature values by creating lag windows had no significant impact on forecasting performances. Best results were obtained by Linear Support Vector Machine while looking at 30 days into the future and at a lag window including SMART features of the current day only, with an F1-score of 51%. The other two models, namely Random Forest and Linear Support Vector Machine also reported performance increases while looking at 10 and 20 days into the future. Thus, all models performed the worst while looking 1 day into the future. In relation to including past SMART feature values, visible positive impact was not reported considering overall performance of the models. Moreover, in relation to data normalization and standardization, Linear Support Vector Machine reported only a slight increase in its performance, whereas Random Forest did not visibly increase in its performance at all. In regard to Multi-layer Perceptron, while training on raw SMART features resulted in a F1-Score of 0%, using standardized data, brought increased outcomes in the forecasting performance. Overall, Linear Support Vector Machine reported the best hard drive failure forecasting results in comparison to Random Forest and Multi-layer Perceptron and therefore is considered as the best forecasting model in this thesis.

[MT] Development of a search engine for imagines

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[MT] Using Latent Dirichlet Allocation to analyze topical changes in computer science conferences

In todays digital world, there exist many large scale databases consisting of texts. Thus it is important to have ways, in which data, a user is interested in, can be retrieved. One such way is presented by topic modeling algorithms, which automatically generate topics over a dataset and are then able to present documents as mixtures of these topics. This way, a user can filter publications based on the predominant topics they contain. However this approach works on the document level. The leading question in this thesis, is, how these models can be used to yield topical compositions of collections consisting of different documents. Specifically we take a look at scientific conferences from the field of computer science. This thesis presents a way to model those conferences as topic vectors. We then evaluate if these topic vectors share some similarity when the corresponding conferences are belonging to the same subfield of computer science. In order to do that we use clustering techniques to find groups of similar conferences based on our topical modeling and compare the obtained clustering with a golden dataset that groups conferences into subfields. This comparison is done using the rand index. Our results show a strong similarity between the golden clustering and the one obtained by our approach.

[MT] Predicting DJIA stock market movements using news headlines

Stock movement prediction is a challenging task due to the characteristics of the stock market. However, it is a field where people can gain high returns with patience and a basic understanding of the stock market. Many previous studies have been conducted on predicting stock price movements using statistical techniques such as ARMA, ARIMA etc. In the era of social media, recent research on stock price movements has mostly focused on tweets, financial news, and company earnings calls. In this study, we concentrate on stock market prediction using news headlines. We construct models to predict the Dow Jones Industrial Average Index price using a single day’s top 25 news headlines. Our target variable is a binary variable, represented by 0 and 1. We create the target variable using the Dow Jones Industrial Average Adjusted Close Price. If the Adjusted Close Price increases or remains the same, we label it 1; otherwise, we label it 0. In our baseline model, we first concatenate all 25 news headlines to create a whole sentence. Then we preprocess the news text by performing steps such as removing punctuation, lemmatizing, and identifying named entities. After that, we apply conventional vectorisers such as CountVectorizer and TF-IDF vectorizer to extract numerical values from the text. We then use standard algorithms for the training and testing data. Instead of using CountVectorizer and TF-IDF in our next model, we employ word embedding models like GloVe and Word2Vec. Our third model uses a state-of-the-art BERT embedding layer instead of GloVe and Word2Vec. In our final model, we adopt a novel approach that combines the BERT embedding layer with various text stylistic features and sentiment scores such as positivity, negativity, and compound to predict stock price movements. In this thesis, we achieved an accuracy of approximately 59% in predicting stock price movements.

[MT] Sales Forecasting for Company Turnover: A Comparative Analysis of Existing Methods and Development of an Explainable, Corrective, Adaptive, Perfective, and Preventive Model using Time Series and Machine Learning Methods

Integrating statistical and machine learning (ML) and deep learning (DL) techniques is quickly gaining popularity in different business sectors, inventory management, marketing, and financial planning, all so businesses can attain a competitive edge in the market by effectively directing their resources and identifying the opportunities and challenges in their processes. This study delves into the application of various statistical, ML, and DL models to predict both a company’s monthly turnover and individual project turnovers. Utilizing all years of non-truncated data, models such as SARIMAX, Prophet, SimpleFeedForward, and DeepAR were rigorously trained, evaluated, and backtested. Results showcased SARIMAX’s higher predictive accuracy, with the SimpleFeedForward model training. For project-level forecasting, the data was transformed into lagged datasets, aggregated with unique project features. Using models like Decision Tree, Random Forest, Gradient Boosting Regressor, and XGBoost, the study unearthed intriguing insights. While initial trials with 5-lags were underwhelming, extending to 10 and 15 lags progressively improved performance, culminating in an outstanding average MAPE of approximately 5% at 20 lags. Furthermore, the adaptive, perfective and explainable aspects of the developed forecasting tool makes it simple for anyone to replicate the results or choose to repeat the process with a different dataset.

[MT] Estimation of structural health on foundations of offshore wind farms using machine learning techniques

This thesis is conducted in collaboration with Ramboll, a renowned global firm specializing in architecture, engineering, and consultancy services. The Department of Energy in Hamburg has actively engaged in various projects related to offshore wind energy. Aligned with these endeavors, the present research topic emerged to address the ongoing need for estimating structural health by predicting fatigue using Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) data. The primary focus is to leverage data collected from structures equipped with both SCADA sensors and strain gauges and employ models to estimate fatigue on other structures with no strain gauges.

The subsequent chapters delve into in-depth discussions on data, preprocessing, feature selection, and machine learning, shedding light on their operational mechanisms. The rationale behind utilizing specific machine learning models, such as Long Short-Term Memory (LSTM), Bidirectional Long Short-Term Memory (BiLSTM), Extreme Gradient Boosting (XGBoost), and AutoRegressive Integrated Moving Average (ARIMA), is explored. The evaluation of these models provides an assessment of their performance, efficiency, and accuracy, offering an understanding of why certain models are better suited for fatigue prediction.

[MT] Reconstruction of Argumentation Graphs

Argumentation can be understood as the activity of using arguments to convince, agree, or disagree people with people about a point of view. In our daily lives, argumentation is one of the most common behaviors in applying natural language. For example, social media users would respond to controversial topics using their stances and opinions. The collection and analysis of user ideas are critical to studying social phenomena and trends. However, it is hard to analyze all collected arguments since processing enormous data size needs much time and human costs, which is undesirable. This requires more efficient methods. A possible solution might be the research in computational argumentation because computers can handle numerous data efficiently. Besides social phenomenon analysis, other areas such as business and linguistics also benefit from studying argumentation.

Computational argumentation is a growing research field that yield many new methods in this area. This work is inspired by a study investigating in transforming natural language texts to argument graphs. In this thesis, we base on the previous studies and explore deep into the steps of each part, including classifying major claims, inferring relations between statements, and constructing argument graphs, and investigate in approaches for improvement. We propose a new method in major claim classification, which is to find the statement describing the core idea of the discussion, and obtain an excellent enhancement. Moreover, we introduce state-of-the-art methods to estimate the relations between arguments. We suggest six methods in the step of argument graph construction, which also give satisfactory results. There are some limitations to our research. We discuss them and explore some possible further improvements for achieving a better result in the future studies.

[MT] Fine-tuning a Transformer model for Multilingual document semantic similarity

An information retrieval system’s purpose is to return results that are relevant to the user’s query. Information relevant to the user’s request may not exist in the user’s native language in some instances. It’s also possible that the user can read papers in languages other than his or her native tongue but has trouble forming inquiries in them. The primary goal of Multilingual Information Extraction is to locate the most relevant information accessible, regardless of the query language.

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become an increasingly popular research field in recent years. Similarly, Natural Language Processing (NLP) has become an important point of discussion. Neural networks, do exceptionally well in this field. The speed and performance of neural networks dealing with diverse NLP tasks have been greatly enhanced due to a variety of effective learning methods and technologies.

The recent advances in NLP transfer learning have resulted in powerful models, mostly from the tech giants like Google, Facebook, Microsoft, etc. which perform well on NLP tasks in the general domain. In this thesis, we are going to fine-tune multilingual transformer models for the domain of engineering data both in English and German Languages. Hence, we need a language independent model - which can able to learn it’s parameters (weights and bias) of any language-specific features. First, we will describe how multilingual transfer is implemented, with the focus on state-of-the-art transformer models. Then, in the methodology part, we leverage our engineering domain data of English-German languages to fine-tune multilingual transformer models.

[MT] Towards (semi) automated literature-based complete transformer-based MCQ generation model for data base related field deployment

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[MT] Creating and implementing a pipeline for retrieving and ranking arguments by relevance and quality for controversial questions

Abstract: Argumentation is considered to be a foundational discipline. Initially, its objectives are to foster critical thinking and logical reasoning, to reach a resolution when people disagree, persuade or convince others of a particular viewpoint or position, and also can be a tool for knowledge exchange.

Individuals can explore arguments that either support or attack their own opinions, leveraging their personal knowledge and life experiences, but they also can use search engines (e.g., Google) accessed by the Internet. In this work, we focus on the arguments taken from the Web. The user could ask (input the query) the search engine a particular question, e.g., “Should I own a dog?” and will expect to receive an answer in the form of a list of Web pages (sorting by relevance), textual information, images, videos, news articles, and social media’s posts.

Usually, arguments for a specific question are in the text, which is a part of the Web page (also called “document”). The document may contain argumentative and non-argumentative text spans. The aim is to retrieve the documents, such that their argumentative parts are relevant to the query and highly qualified (argumentative). However, there is the issue that the retrieved documents may consist of arguments with low relevance to the query, low quality, or falsified, and there is usually no clear stance. Therefore, these documents will not satisfy the user’s expectations, or the user will use the wrong, fake, biased arguments to support the position.

The problem with search engines like Google is that users looking for reasonable arguments within a short time are required to do a significant amount of work after submitting their query. This work includes tasks such as reading pages, identifying arguments, filtering duplicates, and manually ranking them. In contrast, argument search engines aim to alleviate this burden by handling these tasks for users and presenting them with the best arguments. This proves advantageous in debates, interviews, and political discussions, as it ensures the availability of the strongest arguments for making informed decisions.

Our work was inspired by the Touché Lab Task 1 named “Argument Retrieval for Controversial Questions”, whose objective is to retrieve and rank documents by relevance to the topic, by argumentativeness of the documents (quality), and to detect their stance towards the topic. In this work, we investigate various methods and techniques for argument mining (i.e., automatic extraction of arguments from the document) and preprocessing for the purpose of working with individual arguments from the document rather than the entire text as a whole. We applied stance classification (i.e., determining whether the premise supports or attacks the specific claim) and quality prediction to get high-quality arguments 1 . To expand the search for the re-ranking model, we utilize query augmentation, which is performed with the assistance of ChatGPT. The primary objective is to optimally combine these approaches to retrieve highly relevant results with high-quality arguments and demonstrate that working with individual arguments produces better results than working with the entire text.

For our experiments and evaluation, we utilize several datasets and resources. The “ClueWeb22-B” corpus and controversial questions provided by the Touch´e Lab served as the basis for our analysis. The SNLI dataset is utilized to establish relations between claims and premises. At the same time, the “” dataset is explicitly employed for stance classification. To predict the argument’s quality, we rely on the “Webis-ArgQuality-20” and “IBM-ArgQ-Rank-30kArgs” datasets.

To evaluate the effectiveness of our approach, we compare our results with the baseline of Touché Task 1. To ensure fair comparisons, we utilize manually annotated judgments as a benchmark for both our results and the baselines. Our approach demonstrates superior performance in the nDCG measurement compared to the baseline of Touché Lab Task 1 and achieves an accuracy of 0.54 for stance classification. It highlights the effectiveness and competitiveness of our approach in retrieving and ranking relevant arguments by relevance and quality, as well as classifying them by stance.

[MT] Natural Language Processing in Accounting

Abstract: This thesis offers an approach to detect booking duplicates by calculating sentence similarity as an application of Natural Language Processing. These bookings are exports of an accounting software. Among lots of other information, each booking has a booking note which is a short text written by the person who created the booking in the accounting software. The presented approach is part of a larger project in which all booking information is analyzed but in this thesis, solely the textual information of the notes is used for determining the similarity of two bookings. Several models are used for calculating the similarity of booking pairs and their results are compared. One important research objective is the comparison of the TFIDF as an application of the vector space model and language models as BERT and sentenceBERT which are using word and sentence embedding vectors. The best models achieve a F1-score of 0.6004 and an AUC-score of 0.555. Thorough analysis of True Positives, False Positives and False Negatives shows that embedding vectors not only offer advantages but other challenges are a consequence of using word embedding vectors when short texts are analyzed.

Keywords: Natural Language Processing - Duplicate Detection - Accounting - Short Texts

[MT] Automatic Fake News Detection on Tweets

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[MT] Validation of expert testimony and quantitative arguments

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[MT] Emotion Analysis of COVID-19 related Tweets

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[MT] Leyk: A Paper Recommendation System on bibliographic meta data

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[MT] Bilingual Argumentative Discourse Unit Detection for Argument Mining on French and German Proceedings of the European Parliament

Abstract: Argumentation Mining aims at automatically extracting structured arguments from unstructured textual documents. This work addresses the conduction of a cross-lingual argumentation mining task, the detection of argumentative discourse units (ADU)s. Our contribution is two-fold: firstly, we extract a German and French ADU-annotated parallel corpus for further research, secondly, we thereupon compare five state-of-the-art language models (LM)s. Following the CRISP-DM framework for data mining, we prepare the data from the popular Europarl corpus by conducting a topic modeling to semantically trim corpus size. On the French and German subcorpus, annotations are made, distinguishing between the labels “non-argumentative”, “claim” and “premise”. Given the human baseline, in the modeling phase, the five LMs German BERT, German DistilBERT, CamemBERT, mBERT and mDistilBERT are compared on the sentence classification task. The task is performed by the LMs with moderate success. There is a performance difference between German and French models, leading to the insight that considering the input language as a feature and not only a parameter is crucial. Other than that, the beneficial influence of multilingual pretraining is discussed, triggering a need for further research.

[MT] Generation of recommendations for reviewers of scientific publications

Abstract: Due to the increasing flood of publications, quality assurance of scientific work is playing an increasingly important role. One of the most important methods for quality assurance of scientific work is the so-called peer review process. In this context, the process of selecting a suitable reviewer to review the submitted manuscript is of great importance. However, this process is time-consuming and, if implemented incorrectly, leads to poor reviews. Therefore, the aim of this work is to make the previously described assignment process more efficient and at the same time more objective. This is to be achieved by automating the assignment process. For this purpose, a reviewer recommendation system was developed on the one hand and a classification system was provided on the other. The Reviewer Recommendation System receives a request in the form of a publication as input and suggests a certain number of suitable reviewers. In contrast, the classification system receives a reviewer and a manuscript as input and predicts whether the given reviewer is relevant to the manuscript in question or not. In creating these systems, the effects of different combinations of document representations, similarity measures, levers and voting techniques were also analysed. The results of this work show that both systems can support the assignment process in the peer review process within their use cases. Furthermore, the evaluation of the RR system shows that the tf-idf method in combination with the cosine measure provides the best results. CombSUM TOP 5, CombSUM TOP 10 and Reciprocal Rank were identified as the best performing voting techniques. The evaluation of the classifiers led to the result that the SciBERT classifier achieves a classification accuracy of 80.2 % and thus performs best.

[MT] Methods for resolving references in argument structures in the German language

Abstract: This paper deals with the investigation of systems that are supposed to recognise Named Entities (NE) and references in the German language. The identification of NEs is important in several respects. On the one hand, they can be used to embed additional information from an external source into a text, for example the office of a politician. Secondly, they play a role in recognising references, such as the resolution of personal pronouns. The resolution of references is helpful when only a section of a text is available to a system at the end. To increase its performance, it is advantageous if all references in this section have been resolved correctly. An example of this is the ReCAP project, which processes queries about an assertion and returns isolated nodes containing theses for or against this assertion.

Therefore, in this paper, first a corpus of twelve German texts with educational policy content is elaborated with regard to the NEs and references they contain. Subsequently, three NE systems as well as two coreference resolution systems are evaluated on these twelve texts. The evaluation of these systems is a time-consuming process that can only be automated to a certain extent. This is mainly because the gold standard has been annotated in such a way that an entity has the maximum information content. However, systems often only recognise a partial string; in such cases, manual evaluation is unavoidable.

Accordingly, the final comparison between the systems is also not trivial. In the recognition of NE, a distinction was made between the exact hits and the partial hits between a candidate system and the gold standard. For the exact hits, the Stanford Named Entity Recognizer (NER) comes out ahead with an F1 score of 57.67% and 54.44%, respectively, depending on how the results of the different texts are calculated on average. When partial hits are taken into account, FLAIR comes first with an F1 score of 72.63 % and 67.44 % respectively. However, it would be too simplistic to limit the results to the F1 score alone; the systems have different strengths and weaknesses, such as the recognition of persons. In fact, the Stanford NER performs worst in this category.

In contrast to Named Entity Recognition, the results of Coreference Resolution are weak. CorZu achieves a maximum F1 score of 27.4 % and IMS HotCoref DE a value of 29.1 %. The systems make many references that are no gain, for example {the students - the students}. When these are ignored, the precision increases from 22.86 % to 41.86 % in the best case.

A final examination on isolated text passages in the ReCAP project, in which a resolution of references was carried out manually in the course of the project, shows that these values are insufficient for use in practice.

[MT] Automatic selection of thematically suitable publications for indexing in a subject-specific bibliographic database

 - no abstract available -

[MT] A Web-Interface for Exploration and Visualization of Bibliographic Metadata

Abstract: There are many systems for the exploration of bibliographic metadata. However, retrieving and filtering information that is actually relevant often requires complicated search interfaces and long search paths, especially for complex information needs. In this work a web interface for the exploration and visualization of bibliographic metadata is proposed. The core idea is based on a Domain Specific Query Language (DSQL) called SchenQL which aims to be easy to learn and intuitive for domain experts as well as casual users for efficiently retrieving information on bibliographic metadata. This is achieved by using natural sounding keywords and specially designed functions for this particular domain. In addition, the web interface implements useful visualizations of citations and references or co-author relationships. The interface also offers keyword suggestions and an auto completion feature that allows for easily creating SchenQL queries, without having to learn all the keywords of the language beforehand. A three-part user study with 10 students and employees from the field of computer science was conducted where the effectiveness and usability of the SchenQL web interface was evaluated.

[MT] Implementation of an Auto-Test Framework based on Web Technology for Desktop Applications

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