Paper: Description Strategies For Naive And Expert Users

ACL ID P85-1029
Title Description Strategies For Naive And Expert Users
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1985
Authors

It is widely recognized that a question-answerlng system should be able to tailor its answers to the user. One of the dimensions Mong which thus tailoring can occur is with respect to the level of knowledge of a user about a domain. In particular, responses should be different depending on whether they are addressed to ns/ve or expert users. To understand what those differences should be, we a~alyzed texts from adult and iunior encyclopedias. We found that two different strategies were used in describing complex physical obiects to juniors and adults. We show how these strategies have been implemented on a test database.