Paper: What Game Theory Can Do for NLG: The Case of Vague Language (Invited Talk)

ACL ID W09-0626
Title What Game Theory Can Do for NLG: The Case of Vague Language (Invited Talk)
Venue European Workshop on Natural Language Generation
Session
Year 2009
Authors

This informal position paper brings to- gether some recent developments in for- mal semantics and pragmatics to argue that the discipline of Game Theory is well placed to become the theoretical back- bone of Natural Language Generation. To demonstrate some of the strengths and weaknesses of the Game-Theoretical ap- proach, we focus on the utility of vague expressions. More specifically, we ask what light Game Theory can shed on the question when an NLG system should generate vague language. 1 NLG as a choice problem Natural Language Generation (NLG) is the area of computational linguistics that is concerned with the mapping from non-linguistic to linguistic ex- pressions (e.g. Reiter and Dale 2000). This formu- lation might be taken to suggest that NLG is best viewed as a kind of translati...