Paper: The HealthDoc Sentence Planner

ACL ID W96-0401
Title The HealthDoc Sentence Planner
Venue International Conference on Natural Language Generation
Session Main Conference
Year 1996
  • Leo Wanner (University of Waterloo, Waterloo ON)
  • Eduard Hovy (University of Southern California, Marina del Rey CA)

This paper describes the Sentence Planner (sP) in the HealthDoc project, which is concerned with the production of customized patient- education material from a source encoded in terms of plans. The task of the sP is to trans- form selected, not necessarily consecutive, plans (which may vary in detail, from text plans spec- ifying only content and discourse organization to fine-grained but incohesive, sentence plans) into completely specified specifications for the surface generator. The paper identifies the sen- tence planning tasks, which are highly interde- pendent and partially parallel, and argues, in accordance with [Nirenburg et al. , 1989], that' a blackboard architecture with several indepen- dent modules is most suitable to deal with them. The architecture is presented, and the i...