Modules and Information Retrieval Facilities of the Human Use Regulatory Affairs Advisor (HURAA)
Arthur C. Graesser, Xiangen Hu, University of Memphis, United States ; Natalie K. Person, Rhodes College, United States ; G. Tanner Jackson, University of Memphis, United States ; Jozsef A. Toth, Institute for Defense Analyses, United States
International Journal on E-Learning Volume 3, Number 4, ISSN 1537-2456 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
The Human Use Regulatory Affairs Advisor (HURAA) is an Internet facility that provides help and training on the ethical use of human subjects in research, based on documents and regulations in United States Federal agencies. HURAA has a number of standard features of conventional web facilities and computer-based training, such as hypertext, multimedia, help modules, glossaries, archives, links to other sites, and page-turning didactic instruction. HURAA also has more intelligent features: (1) an animated conversational agent that serves as a navigational guide for the Internet facility, (2) lessons with case-based and explanation-based reasoning, (3) document retrieval though natural language queries, and (4) a context-sensitive Frequently Asked Questions, called Point & Query. The primary focus of this article is on facilities that retrieve documents through natural language queries. This paper first describes the major modules and features of HURAA, and subsequently evaluates the performance of document retrieval through natural language questions. Experts rated the quality of retrieved paragraphs from documents on relevance and informativity with respect to answering the questions. Comparisons were made between different retrieval algorithms (including latent semantic analysis, glossary word overlap, and a word frequency weighted metric) and between the different amounts of context surrounding the question.
Graesser, A.C., Hu, X., Person, N.K., Jackson, G.T. & Toth, J.A. (2004). Modules and Information Retrieval Facilities of the Human Use Regulatory Affairs Advisor (HURAA). International Journal on E-Learning, 3(4), 29-39. Norfolk, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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