AAAI Publications, Twenty-Fourth International FLAIRS Conference

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Shared Experiences, Shared Representations, and the Implications for Applied Natural Language Processing
Amanda J. Stent

Last modified: 2011-03-20


When people interact with language-producing agents (other people or computers), they assume that the shared experience leads to shared representations — of the world, the interaction, and the language used in the interaction. This phenomenon occurs even during interaction with systems that give no evidence of building shared representations. The absence of shared representations leads to errors and delays; alternatively, even simple shared representations can lead to reduced error rates and more efficient interaction. In this talk, we present three case studies: a mobile local business search application that builds no interaction representations; a telephone-based recommendation and review system that builds limited representations of the shared language in the interaction; and computer models of coreference that use shared representations to permit both coreference resolution and referring expression generation. We lay out a range of possibilities for shared representations, show that they can be built incrementally as an interaction progresses, and point to possibilities for future work in probabilistic shared representations for interactive systems.

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