Williams, Sandra and Power, Richard
(2009).

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Abstract
In a corpus study we found that authors vary both mathematical form and precision when expressing numerical quantities. Indeed, within the same document, a quantity is often described vaguely in some places and more accurately in others. Vague descriptions tend to occur early in a document and to be expressed in simpler mathematical forms (e.g., fractions or ratios), whereas more accurate descriptions of the same proportions tend to occur later, often expressed in more complex forms (e.g., decimal percentages). Our results can be used in Natural Language Generation (1) to generate repeat descriptions within the same document, and (2) to generate descriptions of numerical quantities for different audiences according to mathematical ability.
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Copyright Holders:  2009 The Authors 
Academic Unit/Department:  Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Computing & Communications Mathematics, Computing and Technology 
Interdisciplinary Research Centre:  Centre for Research in Computing (CRC) 
Item ID:  19325 
Depositing User:  Richard Power 
Date Deposited:  22 Dec 2009 11:50 
Last Modified:  30 Jan 2016 19:26 
URI:  http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/19325 
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