Dataset Card for "web_questions"

Dataset Summary

This dataset consists of 6,642 question/answer pairs. The questions are supposed to be answerable by Freebase, a large knowledge graph. The questions are mostly centered around a single named entity. The questions are popular ones asked on the web (at least in 2013).

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Dataset Structure

We show detailed information for up to 5 configurations of the dataset.

Data Instances


  • Size of downloaded dataset files: 1.21 MB
  • Size of the generated dataset: 0.79 MB
  • Total amount of disk used: 2.00 MB

An example of 'train' looks as follows.

    "answers": ["Jamaican Creole English Language", "Jamaican English"],
    "question": "what does jamaican people speak?",
    "url": ""

Data Fields

The data fields are the same among all splits.


  • url: a string feature.
  • question: a string feature.
  • answers: a list of string features.

Data Splits

name train test
default 3778 2032

Dataset Creation

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Source Data

Initial Data Collection and Normalization

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Who are the source language producers?

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Annotation process

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Personal and Sensitive Information

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Considerations for Using the Data

Social Impact of Dataset

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Discussion of Biases

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Other Known Limitations

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Citation Information

    title = "Semantic Parsing on {F}reebase from Question-Answer Pairs",
    author = "Berant, Jonathan  and
      Chou, Andrew  and
      Frostig, Roy  and
      Liang, Percy",
    booktitle = "Proceedings of the 2013 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing",
    month = oct,
    year = "2013",
    address = "Seattle, Washington, USA",
    publisher = "Association for Computational Linguistics",
    url = "",
    pages = "1533--1544",


Thanks to @thomwolf, @mariamabarham, @lewtun for adding this dataset.

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