Precision and mathematical form in first and subsequent mentions of numerical facts and their relation to document structure

Williams, Sandra and Power, Richard (2009). Precision and mathematical form in first and subsequent mentions of numerical facts and their relation to document structure. In: Proceedings of 12th European Workshop on Natural Language Generation, 30-31 Mar 2009, Athens, Greece, pp. 118–121.

URL: http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1610215

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.

Viewing alternatives

Download history

Item Actions

Export

About

Recommendations