Patent Number: 6,311,150

Title: Method and system for hierarchical natural language understanding

Abstract: A method for hierarchical translation of input to a formal command in natural language understanding systems includes presenting an input command to be translated to a natural language understanding engine. At least two translator levels are provided in the natural language understanding engine. A first translator level of the at least two translator levels translates the input command into at least one category by associating the input command with the at least one category for the next level of translators. A formal language command is output for the input command from a last of the at least two translator levels based on the input command and the at least one category.

Inventors: Ramaswamy; Ganesh N. (Ossining, NY), Kleindienst; Jan (Kladno-Krochehlavy, CZ)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: G06F 17/28 (20060101); G06F 17/27 (20060101); G06F 017/20 (); G06F 021/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018