Paper: Revisiting the Predictability of Language: Response Completion in Social Media

ACL ID D12-1136
Title Revisiting the Predictability of Language: Response Completion in Social Media
Venue Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
Session Main Conference
Year 2012
Authors

The question ?how predictable is English?? has long fascinated researchers. While prior work has focused on formal English typically used in news articles, we turn to texts gener- ated by users in online settings that are more informal in nature. We are motivated by a novel application scenario: given the difficulty of typing on mobile devices, can we help re- duce typing effort with message completion, especially in conversational settings? We pro- pose a method for automatic response comple- tion. Our approach models both the language used in responses and the specific context pro- vided by the original message. Our experi- mental results on a large-scale dataset show that both components help reduce typing ef- fort. We also perform an information-theoretic study in this setting and exam...