Paper: A Rule-Based Conversation Participant

ACL ID P81-1018
Title A Rule-Based Conversation Participant
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1981

The problem of modeling human understanding and generation of a coherent dialog is investigated by simulating a conversation participant. The rule-based system currently under development attempts to capture the intuitive concept of "topic" using data structures consisting of declarative representations of the subjects under discussion linked to the utterances and rules that generated them. Scripts, goal trees, and a semantic network are brought to bear by general, domain-independent conversational rules to understand and generate coherent topic transitions and specific output utterances. 1. Rules, topics, and utterances Numerous systems have been proposed to model human use of language in conversation (speech acts[l], MICS[3], Grosz [5]). They have attacked the problem from several differ...