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Content planner construction via evolutionary algorithms and a corpus-based fitness function

McKeown, Kathleen; Duboue, Pablo A.

In this paper, we present a novel technique to learn a tree-like structure for a content planner from an aligned corpus of semantic inputs and corresponding, human-produced, outputs. We apply a stochastic search mechanism with a two-level fitness function. As a first stage, we use high level order constraints to quickly discard unpromising planners. As a second stage, alignments between regenerated text and human output are employed. We evaluate our approach by using the existing symbolic planner in our system as a gold standard, obtaining a 66 % improvement over a random baseline in just 20 generations of genetic search.

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Computer Science
Publisher
Proceedings of the Second International Natural Language Generation Conference (INLG 2002)
Published Here
May 10, 2013