Empirically-based control of natural language generation

Paiva, D.S. and Evans, R. (2005) Empirically-based control of natural language generation In: Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the ACL, June 2005, Ann Arbor, USA.

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In this paper we present a new approach to controlling the behaviour of a natural language generation system by correlating internal decisions taken during free generation of a wide range of texts with the surface stylistic characteristics of the resulting outputs, and using the correlation to control the generator. This contrasts with the generate-and-test architecture adopted by most previous empirically-based generation approaches, offering a more efficient, generic and holistic method of generator control. We illustrate the approach by describing a system in which stylistic variation (in the sense of Biber (1988)) can be effectively controlled during the generation of short medical information texts.

Item Type: Contribution to conference proceedings in the public domain ( Full Paper)
Additional Information: Deposit=postprint
Uncontrolled Keywords: Natural language generation
Subjects: G000 Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Faculties: Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics > Natural Language Technology
Depositing User: Helen Webb
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2007
Last Modified: 21 May 2014 11:01
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/2831

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