Extracting annotations from textual descriptions of processes
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Organizations often have textual descriptions as a way to document their main processes. These descriptions are primarily used by the company’s personnel to understand the processes, specially for those ones that cannot interpret formal descriptions like BPMN or Petri nets. In this paper we present a technique based on Natural Language Processing and a query language for tree-based patterns, that extracts annotations describing key process elements like actions, events, agents/patients, roles and control-flow relations. Annotated textual descriptions of processes are a good compromise between understandability (since at the end, it is just text), and behavior. Moreover, as it has been recently acknowledged, obtaining annotated textual descriptions of processes opens the door to unprecedented applications, like formal reasoning or simulation on the underlying described process. Applying our technique on several publicly available texts shows promising results in terms of precision and recall with respect to the state-of-the art approach for a similar task.
CitationQuishpi, L.; Carmona, J.; Padró, L. Extracting annotations from textual descriptions of processes. A: International Conference on Business Process Management. "Business Process Management, 18th International Conference, BPM 2020: Seville, Spain, September 13-18, 2020: proceedings". Berlín: Springer, 2020, p. 184-201. ISBN 978-3-030-58666-9. DOI 10.1007/978-3-030-58666-9_11.
- GPLN - Grup de Processament del Llenguatge Natural - Ponències/Comunicacions de congressos 
- Departament de Ciències de la Computació - Ponències/Comunicacions de congressos [1.152]
- Doctorat en Computació - Ponències/Comunicacions de congressos 
- ALBCOM - Algorismia, Bioinformàtica, Complexitat i Mètodes Formals - Ponències/Comunicacions de congressos 
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