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Generating numerical approximations

Power, Richard and Williams, Sandra (2012). Generating numerical approximations. Computational Linguistics, 38(1) pp. 113–134.

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We describe a computational model for planning phrases like “more than a quarter” and “25.9 per cent” which describe proportions at different levels of precision. The model lays out the key choices in planning a numerical description, using formal definitions of mathematical form (e.g., the distinction between fractions and percentages) and roundness adapted from earlier studies. The task is modeled as a constraint satisfaction problem, with solutions subsequently ranked by preferences (e.g., for roundness). Detailed constraints are based on a corpus of numerical expressions collected in the NUMGEN project, and evaluated through empirical studies in which subjects were asked to produce (or complete) numerical expressions in specified contexts.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2012 Association for Computational Linguistics
ISSN: 1530-9312
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
NUMGEN: Generating intelligent descriptions of numerical quantities for people with different levels of numeracyES/F037198/1ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Computing & Communications
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
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Item ID: 33170
Depositing User: Sandra Williams
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2012 11:03
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2013 21:33
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