Paper: Enhancing Explanation Coherence With Rhetorical Strategies

ACL ID E89-1023
Title Enhancing Explanation Coherence With Rhetorical Strategies
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1989
Authors
  • Mark T. Maybury (Intelligent Interface Group (COES), Rome NY; Cambridge University, Cambridge UK)

This paper discusses the application of a previously reported theory of explanation rhetoric (Maybury, 1988b) to the task of explaining constraint violations in a hybrid rule/frame based system for resource allocation (Dawson et al, 1987). This research illustrates how discourse strategies of explanation, textual connectives, and additional justification knowledge can be applied to enhance the cohesiveness, structure, and clarity of knowledge based system explanations.