Optimizing method for structuring inferentially linked discourse

Ingrid Zukerman, Richard McConachy

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    In recent times, there has been an increase in the number of Natural Language Generation systems that take into consideration a user's inferences. The statements generated by these systems are typically connected by inferential links, which are opportunistic in nature. In this paper, we describe a discourse structuring mechanism which organizes inferentially linked statements as well as statements connected by certain prescriptive links. Our mechanism first extracts relations and constraints from the output of a discourse planner. It then uses this information to build a directed graph whose nodes are rhetorical devices, and whose links are the relations between these devices. The mechanism then applies a search procedure to optimize the traversal through the graph. This process generates an ordered set of linear discourse sequences, where the elements of each sequence are maximally connected. Our mechanism has been implemented as the discourse organization component of a system called WISHFUL which generates concept explanations.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the National Conference on Artificial Intelligence
    PublisherAssociation for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Print)0262510715
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1993
    EventAAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence 1993 - Washington, United States of America
    Duration: 11 Jul 199315 Jul 1993
    Conference number: 11th


    ConferenceAAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence 1993
    Abbreviated titleAAAI 1993
    Country/TerritoryUnited States of America

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