Paper: A Coherence Model Based on Syntactic Patterns

ACL ID D12-1106
Title A Coherence Model Based on Syntactic Patterns
Venue Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
Session Main Conference
Year 2012

We introduce a model of coherence which captures the intentional discourse structure in text. Our work is based on the hypothesis that syntax provides a proxy for the communica- tive goal of a sentence and therefore the se- quence of sentences in a coherent discourse should exhibit detectable structural patterns. Results show that our method has high dis- criminating power for separating out coherent and incoherent news articles reaching accura- cies of up to 90%. We also show that our syn- tactic patterns are correlated with manual an- notations of intentional structure for academic conference articles and can successfully pre-