Paper: I Object! Modeling Latent Pragmatic Effects in Courtroom Dialogues

ACL ID E14-1069
Title I Object! Modeling Latent Pragmatic Effects in Courtroom Dialogues
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2014
Authors

Understanding the actionable outcomes of a dialogue requires effectively modeling situational roles of dialogue participants, the structure of the dialogue and the rele- vance of each utterance to an eventual ac- tion. We develop a latent-variable model that can capture these notions and apply it in the context of courtroom dialogues, in which the objection speech act is used as binary supervision to drive the learning process. We demonstrate quantitatively and qualitatively that our model is able to uncover natural discourse structure from this distant supervision.