Paper: The Importance of Narrative and Other Lessons from an Evaluation of an NLG System that Summarises Clinical Data

ACL ID W08-1119
Title The Importance of Narrative and Other Lessons from an Evaluation of an NLG System that Summarises Clinical Data
Venue International Conference on Natural Language Generation
Session Main Conference
Year 2008
Authors

The BABYTALK BT-45 system generates tex- tual summaries of clinical data about babies in a neonatal intensive care unit. A recent task- based evaluation of the system suggested that these summaries are useful, but not as effec- tive as they could be. In this paper we present a qualitative analysis of problems that the evaluation highlighted in BT-45 texts. Many of these problems are due to the fact that BT- 45 does not generate good narrative texts; this is a topic which has not previously received much attention from the NLG research com- munity, but seems to be quite important for creating good data-to-text systems.