Automatic question generation

Mark Last, Guy Danon

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Automatic generation of semantically well-formed questions from a given text can contribute to various domains, including education, dialogues/interactive question answering systems, search engines, and more. It is well-known as a challenging task, which involves the common obstacles of other natural language processing (NLP) activities. We start this advanced review with a brief overview of the most common automatic question generation (AQG) applications. Then we describe the main steps of a typical AQG pipeline, namely question construction, ranking, and evaluation. Finally, we discuss the open challenges of the AQG field that still need to be addressed by NLP researchers. This article is categorized under: Algorithmic Development > Text Mining.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere1382
JournalWiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2020


  • automated question generation
  • natural language generation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science


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