Paper: Practical Grammar-Based NLG from Examples

ACL ID W08-1111
Title Practical Grammar-Based NLG from Examples
Venue International Conference on Natural Language Generation
Session Main Conference
Year 2008

We present a technique that opens up grammar-based generation to a wider range of practical applications by dramatically re- ducing the development costs and linguis- tic expertise that are required. Our method infers the grammatical resources needed for generation from a set of declarative exam- ples that link surface expressions directly to the application’s available semantic represen- tations. The same examples further serve to optimize a run-time search strategy that gener- atesthebestoutputthatcanbefoundwithinan application-specific time frame. Our method offers substantially lower development costs than hand-crafted grammars for application- specific NLG, while maintaining high output quality and diversity.