Using meta‐comments to generate fluent text in a technical domain

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    Abstract

    Naturally occurring discourse often contains expressions such as “however,”“as I have stated before,” and “next.” These expressions, denoted meta‐comments, carry important information which helps a hearer speed up the comprehension process. In this paper, we present a mechanism for the generation of meta‐comments and their incorporation into computer‐generated discourse. This mechanism is based on a simple model of the anticipated effect of the messages to be conveyed and of the meta‐comments on the hearer's comprehension. It was implemented in a system called FIGMENT, which generates commentaries on the solution of algebraic equations. Le discours naturel contient souvent des expressions comme 〈〈 cependant 〉〉 et 〈〈 comme je ľai dit auparavant 〉〉. Ces expressions, appelées méta‐commentaires, contiennent des informations importantes qui aident à accélérer le processus de compréhension de ľ auditeur. Dans cet article, ľ auteur présente un mécanisme de génération de métacommentaires et ? intégration de ceux‐ci au discours créé par ordinateur. Ce mécanisme est basé sur un modèle simple de ľeffet anticipé des messages devant ětre transmis et de ľ';effet des méta‐commentaires sur la compréhension de ľ auditeur. II a été mis en oeuvre dans un système appele FIGMENT, qui génère des commentaires sur la solution ?équations algébriques.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)276-295
    Number of pages20
    JournalComputational Intelligence
    Volume7
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1991

    Keywords

    • discourse planning
    • hearer's expectations
    • hearer's goals
    • intelligent tutoring system.
    • meta‐comments

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