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Temporal Reasoning in Natural Language Processing: A Survey

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Executive Summary

Reasoning with temporal information in natural language text has attracted great attention due to its potential applications in summarization, question answering and other tasks. For example, the chronological ordering of events described in a text is important for presenting the information in the summary. Linking information in a natural language text with temporal relations is essential in question answering system to address time sensitive and dynamic world. A crucial first step towards the computational treatment of the temporal information in these applications is the automatic extraction of events described in the text and identification of temporal relations to link these events.

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