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Experimental identification of the use of hedges in the simplification of numerical expressions

Bautista, Susana; Hervás, Raquel; Gervás, Pablo; Power, Richard and Williams, Sandra (2011). Experimental identification of the use of hedges in the simplification of numerical expressions. In: Second Workshop on Speech and Language Processing for Assistive Technologies (SLPAT), 30 Jul 2011, Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Numerical information is very common in all kinds of documents from newspapers and magazines to household bills and wage slips. However, many people find it difficult to understand, particularly people with poor education and disabilities. Sometimes numerical information is presented with hedges that modify the meaning. A numerical hedge is a word or phrase employed to indicate explicitly that some loss of precision has taken place (e.g., “around”) and it may also indicate the direction of approximation (e.g., “more than”). This paper presents a study of the use of numerical hedges that is part of research investigating the process of rewriting difficult numerical expressions in simpler ways. We carried out a survey in which experts in numeracy were asked to simplify a range of proportion expressions and analysed the results to obtain guidelines for automating the simplification task.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2011 Association for Computational Linguistics
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetRES-000-22-2760ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
Keywords: natural language processing; text simplification; numerical hedges; assistive technology;
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Item ID: 29190
Depositing User: Sandra Williams
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2011 13:54
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 23:10
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