The democratization of data access and the adoption of OLAP in scenarios requiring hand-free interfaces push towards the creation of smart OLAP interfaces. In this demonstration we present COOL, a tool supporting natural language COnversational OLap sessions. COOL interprets and translates a natural language dialogue into an OLAP session that starts with a GPSJ (Generalized Projection, Selection and Join) query. The interpretation relies on a formal grammar and a knowledge base storing metadata from a multidimensional cube. COOL is portable, robust, and requires minimal user intervention. It adopts an n-gram based model and a string similarity function to match known entities in the natural language description. In case of incomplete text description, COOL can obtain the correct query either through automatic inference or through interactions with the user to disambiguate the text. The goal of the demonstration is to let the audience evaluate the usability of COOL and its capabilities in assisting query formulation and ambiguity/error resolution.

Conversational OLAP in Action

Matteo Francia;Enrico Gallinucci;Matteo Golfarelli
2021

Abstract

The democratization of data access and the adoption of OLAP in scenarios requiring hand-free interfaces push towards the creation of smart OLAP interfaces. In this demonstration we present COOL, a tool supporting natural language COnversational OLap sessions. COOL interprets and translates a natural language dialogue into an OLAP session that starts with a GPSJ (Generalized Projection, Selection and Join) query. The interpretation relies on a formal grammar and a knowledge base storing metadata from a multidimensional cube. COOL is portable, robust, and requires minimal user intervention. It adopts an n-gram based model and a string similarity function to match known entities in the natural language description. In case of incomplete text description, COOL can obtain the correct query either through automatic inference or through interactions with the user to disambiguate the text. The goal of the demonstration is to let the audience evaluate the usability of COOL and its capabilities in assisting query formulation and ambiguity/error resolution.
Proceedings 24th International Conference on Extending Database Technology
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Matteo Francia; Enrico Gallinucci; Matteo Golfarelli
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