Extracting Database Information from E-mail Messages

  • Richard Cooper
  • Sajjad Ali
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2712)


We present an approach to extracting information (IE) from electronic mail messages for addition to a specific data repository. Whereas most IE systems start with a syntactic analysis of the message, our software generates possible sentence structures from the metadata and then pattern matches these structures and generates update statements which can be used to add the new data to the repository. The paper describes an initial version of a component which handles a number of kinds of sentences, and also discusses approaches to working with more complex communications.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Cooper
    • 1
  • Sajjad Ali
    • 1
  1. 1.Computing ScienceUniversity of GlasgowGlasgow

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