Paper: Verbose, Laconic or Just Right: A Simple Computational Model of Content Appropriateness under Length Constraints

ACL ID E14-1067
Title Verbose, Laconic or Just Right: A Simple Computational Model of Content Appropriateness under Length Constraints
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2014
Authors

Length constraints impose implicit re- quirements on the type of content that can be included in a text. Here we pro- pose the first model to computationally as- sess if a text deviates from these require- ments. Specifically, our model predicts the appropriate length for texts based on content types present in a snippet of con- stant length. We consider a range of fea- tures to approximate content type, includ- ing syntactic phrasing, constituent com- pression probability, presence of named entities, sentence specificity and inter- sentence continuity. Weights for these fea- tures are learned using a corpus of sum- maries written by experts and on high quality journalistic writing. During test time, the difference between actual and predicted length allows us to quantify text verbosity. W...