Textual Entailment Portal

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Textual Entailment (TE) is the task of judging whether the truth of one text fragment follows from another text. In the TE framework, the entailing and entailed texts are termed text and hypothesis, respectively.

An example of a positive TE (text entails hypothesis) is:

  • text: If you help the needy, God will reward you.
  • hypothesis: Giving money to a poor man has good consequences.

An example of a negative TE (text contradicts hypothesis) is:

  • text: If you help the needy, God will reward you.
  • hypothesis: Giving money to a poor man has no consequences.

An example of a non-TE (text does not entail nor contradict) is:

  • text: If you help the needy, God will reward you.
  • hypothesis: Giving money to a poor man will make you better person.

The entailment need not be pure logical - it has a more relaxed definition: "t entails h (t ⇒ h) if, typically, a human reading t would infer that h is most likely true."[1]

Recognizing Textual Entailment (RTE) has been proposed recently as a generic task that captures major semantic inference needs across many natural language processing applications.

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