This disclosure describes techniques for disambiguation of entity references in natural language processing. The disambiguation of ambiguous entity references is performed by seeking user confirmation of the intended reference. With user permission, the confirmation query or prompt utilizes phrases that include the name of the ambiguous entity and name(s) of related entities. Entities are stored along with names of related entities and designation of the nature of the relationship. The nature of relationship between stored entities is used to construct appropriate conjunctions in disambiguation phrases. The described techniques can be used in any natural language interface, e.g., text or voice, and can be implemented as part of an operating system, a virtual assistant application, etc.
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Meschkat, Steffen, "Disambiguation of entity references using related entities", Technical Disclosure Commons, (March 26, 2018)