Paper: Algorithms For Generating Referring Expressions: Do They Do What People Do?

ACL ID W06-1410
Title Algorithms For Generating Referring Expressions: Do They Do What People Do?
Venue International Conference on Natural Language Generation
Session Main Conference
Year 2006
Authors

The natural language generation litera- ture provides many algorithms for the generation of referring expressions. In this paper, we explore the question of whether these algorithms actually produce the kinds of expressions that people pro- duce. We compare the output of three ex- isting algorithms against a data set consist- ing of human-generated referring expres- sions, and identify a number of significant differences between what people do and what these algorithms do. On the basis of these observations, we suggest some ways forward that attempt to address these dif- ferences.