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Platypus is an open source question answering plateform.

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The project

Platypus is an open source project aiming to build an open source question answering toolkit. It goals is to provided an easy to use and extend system able to answer natural language questions using structured databases. It main data source is currently Wikidata.


Platypus started as Projet Pensées Profondes (literally Deep Thought Project), a student project done in 2014 at ENS de Lyon. You could find its presentation website here.

It is now pursued by a collaboration between Lexistems SAS and ENS de Lyon.


The main Platypus component is the platypus-qa Python service that does the question answering processing itself. This main service relies on some other services: