This paper describes the experiments of the TALPUPC group for factoid and 'other' (definitional) questions at TREC 2005 Main Question Answering (QA) task. Our current approach for factoid questions is based on a voting scheme among three QA systems: TALP-QA (our previous QA system), Sibyl (a new QA system developed at DAMA-UPC and TALP-UPC), and Aranea (a web-based data-driven approach). For defitional questions, we used two different systems: the TALP-QA Definitional system and LCSUM (a Summarization-based system). Our results for factoid questions indicate that the voting strategy improves the accuracy from 7.5% to 17.1%. While these numbers are low (due to technical problems in the Answer Extraction phase of TALPQA system) they indicate that voting is a succesful approach for performance boosting of QA systems. The answer to definitional questions is produced by selecting phrases using set of patterns associated with definitions. Its results are 17.2% of F-score in the best configuration of TALP-QA Definitional system.
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