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CLT seminar: Paul Piwek - Automatic Generation of Dialogue from Monologue - A Corpus-based Approach

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Dialogue as a means of information presentation goes back at least as far as the ancient Greeks - Plato conveyed his philosophy through fictitious conversations between Socrates and his contemporaries. In this kind of expository dialogue, the main purpose is to inform the reader or audience; the information the characters convey to one another is subservient to this purpose. The popularity of expository dialogue in today's world is evidenced by the widespread use of dialogue in news bulletins (between presenters), commercials, educational entertainment, and games. In this talk, I will describe the CODA project. As part of CODA, algorithms were developed for automatically generating expository dialogue. Given a text in monologue form, the CODA system (together with the HILDA discourse parser) produces a dialogue script. The dialogue script expresses the same information as the monologue, but now as a conversation between an expert and a lay person. In contrast with previous efforts to generate expository dialogue with hand-crafted rules, CODA is corpus-based. I will describe the approach, its evaluation and an application.

More information at http://computing.open.ac.uk/coda/

Date: 2014-11-19 13:15 - 15:00

Location: L308, Lennart Torstenssonsgatan 8

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