Paper: Towards a Programmable Instrumented Generator

ACL ID W10-4208
Title Towards a Programmable Instrumented Generator
Venue International Conference on Natural Language Generation
Session Main Conference
Year 2010

In this paper, we propose a general way of con- structing an NLG system that permits the system- atic exploration of the effects of particular system choices on output quality. We call a system devel- oped according to this model a Programmable In- strumented Generator (PIG). Although a PIG could be designed and implemented from scratch, it is likely that researchers would also want to create PIGs based on existing systems. We therefore pro- pose an approach to “instrumenting” an NLG sys- tem so as to make it PIG-like. To experiment with the idea, we have produced code to support the “instrumenting” of any NLG system written in Java. We report on initial experiments with “in- strumenting” two existing systems and attempting to “tune” them to produce text satisfying...