Paper: Figuring Out Most Plausible Interpretation From Spatial Descriptions

ACL ID C88-2156
Title Figuring Out Most Plausible Interpretation From Spatial Descriptions
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1988
Authors

The problem we want to handle in this paper is vagueness. A notion of space, which we basi- cally have, plays an important part in the fac- ulty of thinking and speech. In this paper, we concentrate on a particular class of spatial de- scriptions, namely descriptions about positional relations on a two-dimensional space. A theo- retical device we present in this paper is called the potential model The potential model pro- vides a means for accumulating from fragmen- tary information. It is possible to derive max- imally plausible interpretation from a chunk of information accumulated in the model. When new information is given, the potential model is modefied so that that new information is taken into account. As a result, the interpre- tations with maximal plausibility may change. A progr...