Paper: Reactive Content Selection in the Generation of Real-time Soccer Commentary

ACL ID C98-2204
Title Reactive Content Selection in the Generation of Real-time Soccer Commentary
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1998
Authors

MIKE is an automatic commentary system that gen- erates a commentary of a simulated soccer game in English, French, or Japanese. One of the major technical challenges involved in live sports commentary is the reactive selection of content to describe complex, rapidly unfolding situ- ation. To address this challenge, MIKE employs im- portance scores that intuitively capture the amount of information communicated to the audience. We describe how a principle of maximizing the total gain of importance scores during a game can be used to incorporate content selection into the surface gen- eration module, thus accounting for issues such as interruption and abbreviation. Sample commentaries produced by MIKE are pre- sented and used to evaluate different methods for content select...