Robert Dale


2012

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Proceedings of the Second Workshop on Computational Linguistics and Writing (CL&W 2012): Linguistic and Cognitive Aspects of Document Creation and Document Engineering
Michael Piotrowski | Cerstin Mahlow | Robert Dale
Proceedings of the Second Workshop on Computational Linguistics and Writing (CL&W 2012): Linguistic and Cognitive Aspects of Document Creation and Document Engineering

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HOO 2012: A Report on the Preposition and Determiner Error Correction Shared Task
Robert Dale | Ilya Anisimoff | George Narroway
Proceedings of the Seventh Workshop on Building Educational Applications Using NLP

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A Framework for Evaluating Text Correction
Robert Dale | George Narroway
Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'12)

Computer-based aids for writing assistance have been around since at least the early 1980s, focussing primarily on aspects such as spelling, grammar and style. The potential audience for such tools is very large indeed, and this is a clear case where we might expect to see language processing applications having a significant real-world impact. However, existing comparative evaluations of applications in this space are often no more than impressionistic and anecdotal reviews of commercial offerings as found in software magazines, making it hard to determine which approaches are superior. More rigorous evaluation in the scholarly literature has been held back in particular by the absence of shared datasets of texts marked-up with errors, and the lack of an agreed evaluation framework. Significant collections of publicly available data are now appearing; this paper describes a complementary evaluation framework, which has been piloted in the Helping Our Own shared task. The approach, which uses stand-off annotations for representing edits to text, can be used in a wide variety of text-correction tasks, and easily accommodates different error tagsets.

2011

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GRE3D7: A Corpus of Distinguishing Descriptions for Objects in Visual Scenes
Jette Viethen | Robert Dale
Proceedings of the UCNLG+Eval: Language Generation and Evaluation Workshop

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The Impact of Visual Context on the Content of Referring Expressions
Henriette Viethen | Robert Dale | Markus Guhe
Proceedings of the 13th European Workshop on Natural Language Generation

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Detecting Interesting Event Sequences for Sports Reporting
François Lareau | Mark Dras | Robert Dale
Proceedings of the 13th European Workshop on Natural Language Generation

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Helping Our Own: The HOO 2011 Pilot Shared Task
Robert Dale | Adam Kilgarriff
Proceedings of the 13th European Workshop on Natural Language Generation

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Collocations in Multilingual Natural Language Generation: Lexical Functions meet Lexical Functional Grammar
François Lareau | Mark Dras | Benjamin Börschinger | Robert Dale
Proceedings of the Australasian Language Technology Association Workshop 2011

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Generating Subsequent Reference in Shared Visual Scenes: Computation vs Re-Use
Jette Viethen | Robert Dale | Markus Guhe
Proceedings of the 2011 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing

2010

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Speaker-Dependent Variation in Content Selection for Referring Expression Generation
Jette Viethen | Robert Dale
Proceedings of the Australasian Language Technology Association Workshop 2010

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Repurposing Corpora for Speech Repair Detection: Two Experiments
Simon Zwarts | Mark Johnson | Robert Dale
Proceedings of the Australasian Language Technology Association Workshop 2010

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Detecting Emails Containing Requests for Action
Andrew Lampert | Robert Dale | Cecile Paris
Human Language Technologies: The 2010 Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics

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Proceedings of the NAACL HLT 2010 Workshop on Computational Linguistics and Writing: Writing Processes and Authoring Aids
Michael Piotrowski | Cerstin Mahlow | Robert Dale
Proceedings of the NAACL HLT 2010 Workshop on Computational Linguistics and Writing: Writing Processes and Authoring Aids

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Report on the Second NLG Challenge on Generating Instructions in Virtual Environments (GIVE-2)
Alexander Koller | Kristina Striegnitz | Andrew Gargett | Donna Byron | Justine Cassell | Robert Dale | Johanna Moore | Jon Oberlander
Proceedings of the 6th International Natural Language Generation Conference

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Helping Our Own: Text Massaging for Computational Linguistics as a New Shared Task
Robert Dale | Adam Kilgarriff
Proceedings of the 6th International Natural Language Generation Conference

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Dialogue Reference in a Visual Domain
Jette Viethen | Simon Zwarts | Robert Dale | Markus Guhe
Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'10)

A central purpose of referring expressions is to distinguish intended referents from other entities that are in the context; but how is this context determined? This paper draws a distinction between discourse context ―other entities that have been mentioned in the dialogue― and visual context ―visually available objects near the intended referent. It explores how these two different aspects of context have an impact on subsequent reference in a dialogic situation where the speakers share both discourse and visual context. In addition we take into account the impact of the reference history ―forms of reference used previously in the discourse― on forming what have been called conceptual pacts. By comparing the output of different parameter settings in our model to a data set of human-produced referring expressions, we determine that an approach to subsequent reference based on conceptual pacts provides a better explanation of our data than previously proposed algorithmic approaches which compute a new distinguishing description for the intended referent every time it is mentioned.

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WikiWars: A New Corpus for Research on Temporal Expressions
Pawel Mazur | Robert Dale
Proceedings of the 2010 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing

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Detecting Speech Repairs Incrementally Using a Noisy Channel Approach
Simon Zwarts | Mark Johnson | Robert Dale
Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Computational Linguistics (Coling 2010)

2009

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United Nations General Assembly Resolutions: A Six-Language Parallel Corpus
Alexandre Rafalovitch | Robert Dale
Proceedings of Machine Translation Summit XII: Posters

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Validating the web-based evaluation of NLG systems
Alexander Koller | Kristina Striegnitz | Donna Byron | Justine Cassell | Robert Dale | Sara Dalzel-Job | Johanna Moore | Jon Oberlander
Proceedings of the ACL-IJCNLP 2009 Conference Short Papers

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Improving Grammaticality in Statistical Sentence Generation: Introducing a Dependency Spanning Tree Algorithm with an Argument Satisfaction Model
Stephen Wan | Mark Dras | Robert Dale | Cécile Paris
Proceedings of the 12th Conference of the European Chapter of the ACL (EACL 2009)

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The Software Architecture for the First Challenge on Generating Instructions in Virtual Environments
Alexander Koller | Donna Byron | Justine Cassell | Robert Dale | Johanna Moore | Jon Oberlander | Kristina Striegnitz
Proceedings of the Demonstrations Session at EACL 2009

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Segmenting Email Message Text into Zones
Andrew Lampert | Robert Dale | Cécile Paris
Proceedings of the 2009 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing

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Referring Expression Generation through Attribute-Based Heuristics
Robert Dale | Jette Viethen
Proceedings of the 12th European Workshop on Natural Language Generation (ENLG 2009)

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Report on the First NLG Challenge on Generating Instructions in Virtual Environments (GIVE)
Donna Byron | Alexander Koller | Kristina Striegnitz | Justine Cassell | Robert Dale | Johanna Moore | Jon Oberlander
Proceedings of the 12th European Workshop on Natural Language Generation (ENLG 2009)

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Designing a Citation-Sensitive Research Tool: An Initial Study of Browsing-Specific Information Needs
Stephen Wan | Cécile Paris | Michael Muthukrishna | Robert Dale
Proceedings of the 2009 Workshop on Text and Citation Analysis for Scholarly Digital Libraries (NLPIR4DL)

2008

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The Use of Spatial Relations in Referring Expression Generation
Jette Viethen | Robert Dale
Proceedings of the Fifth International Natural Language Generation Conference

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What’s the Date? High Accuracy Interpretation of Weekday Names
Pawel Mazur | Robert Dale
Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Computational Linguistics (Coling 2008)

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Seed and Grow: Augmenting Statistically Generated Summary Sentences using Schematic Word Patterns
Stephen Wan | Robert Dale | Mark Dras | Cécile Paris
Proceedings of the 2008 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing

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The ACL Anthology Reference Corpus: A Reference Dataset for Bibliographic Research in Computational Linguistics
Steven Bird | Robert Dale | Bonnie Dorr | Bryan Gibson | Mark Joseph | Min-Yen Kan | Dongwon Lee | Brett Powley | Dragomir Radev | Yee Fan Tan
Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'08)

The ACL Anthology is a digital archive of conference and journal papers in natural language processing and computational linguistics. Its primary purpose is to serve as a reference repository of research results, but we believe that it can also be an object of study and a platform for research in its own right. We describe an enriched and standardized reference corpus derived from the ACL Anthology that can be used for research in scholarly document processing. This corpus, which we call the ACL Anthology Reference Corpus (ACL ARC), brings together the recent activities of a number of research groups around the world. Our goal is to make the corpus widely available, and to encourage other researchers to use it as a standard testbed for experiments in both bibliographic and bibliometric research.

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Controlling Redundancy in Referring Expressions
Jette Viethen | Robert Dale | Emiel Krahmer | Mariët Theune | Pascal Touset
Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'08)

Krahmer et al.’s (2003) graph-based framework provides an elegant and flexible approach to the generation of referring expressions. In this paper, we present the first reported study that systematically investigates how to tune the parameters of the graph-based framework on the basis of a corpus of human-generated descriptions. We focus in particular on replicating the redundant nature of human referring expressions, whereby properties not strictly necessary for identifying a referent are nonetheless included in descriptions. We show how statistics derived from the corpus data can be integrated to boost the framework’s performance over a non-stochastic baseline.

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Last Words: What’s the Future for Computational Linguistics
Robert Dale
Computational Linguistics, Volume 34, Number 4, December 2008

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Requests and Commitments in Email are More Complex Than You Think: Eight Reasons to be Cautious
Andrew Lampert | Robert Dale | Cécile Paris
Proceedings of the Australasian Language Technology Association Workshop 2008

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Generating Relational References: What Makes a Difference?
Jette Viethen | Robert Dale
Proceedings of the Australasian Language Technology Association Workshop 2008

2007

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Capturing Acceptable Variation in Distinguishing Descriptions
Jette Viethen | Robert Dale
Proceedings of the Eleventh European Workshop on Natural Language Generation (ENLG 07)

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Charting Democracy Across Parsers
Scott Nowson | Robert Dale
Proceedings of the Australasian Language Technology Workshop 2007

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GLEU: Automatic Evaluation of Sentence-Level Fluency
Andrew Mutton | Mark Dras | Stephen Wan | Robert Dale
Proceedings of the 45th Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics

2006

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An Intermediate Representation for the Interpretation of Temporal Expressions
Paweł Mazur | Robert Dale
Proceedings of the COLING/ACL 2006 Interactive Presentation Sessions

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Local Semantics in the Interpretation of Temporal Expressions
Robert Dale | Paweł Mazur
Proceedings of the Workshop on Annotating and Reasoning about Time and Events

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Proceedings of the Fourth International Natural Language Generation Conference
Nathalie Colineau | Cécile Paris | Stephen Wan | Robert Dale
Proceedings of the Fourth International Natural Language Generation Conference

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Algorithms for Generating Referring Expressions: Do They Do What People Do?
Jette Viethen | Robert Dale
Proceedings of the Fourth International Natural Language Generation Conference

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Introduction to the INLG’06 Special Session on Sharing Data and Comparative Evaluation
Anja Belz | Robert Dale
Proceedings of the Fourth International Natural Language Generation Conference

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Named Entity Extraction with Conjunction Disambiguation
Paweł Mazur | Robert Dale
Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC’06)

The recognition of named entities is now a well-developed area, with a range of symbolic and machine learning techniques that deliver high accuracy extraction and categorisation of a variety of entity types. However, there are still some named entity phenomena that present problems for existing techniques; in particular, relatively little work has explored the disambiguation of conjunctions appearing in candidate named entity strings. We demonstrate that there are in fact four distinct uses of conjunctions in the context of named entities; we present some experiments using machine-learned classifiers to disambiguate the different uses of the conjunction, with 85% of test examples being correctly classified.

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Classifying Speech Acts using Verbal Response Modes
Andrew Lampert | Robert Dale | Cécile Paris
Proceedings of the Australasian Language Technology Workshop 2006

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Towards the Evaluation of Referring Expression Generation
Jette Viethen | Robert Dale
Proceedings of the Australasian Language Technology Workshop 2006

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Using Dependency-Based Features to Take the ’Para-farce’ out of Paraphrase
Stephen Wan | Mark Dras | Robert Dale | Cécile Paris
Proceedings of the Australasian Language Technology Workshop 2006

2005

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Disambiguating Conjunctions in Named Entities
Pawel Mazur | Robert Dale
Proceedings of the Australasian Language Technology Workshop 2005

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Searching for Grammaticality: Propagating Dependencies in the Viterbi Algorithm
Stephen Wan | Robert Dale | Mark Dras
Proceedings of the Tenth European Workshop on Natural Language Generation (ENLG-05)

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Towards Statistical Paraphrase Generation: Preliminary Evaluations of Grammaticality
Stephen Wan | Mark Dras | Robert Dale | Cécile Paris
Proceedings of the Third International Workshop on Paraphrasing (IWP2005)

2004

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Referring Expression Generation as a Search Problem
Bernd Bohnet | Robert Dale
Proceedings of the Australasian Language Technology Workshop 2004

2003

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‘One’-anaphora and the case for discourse-driven referring expression generation
Robert Dale
Proceedings of the Australasian Language Technology Workshop 2003

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Straight to the point: Discovering themes for summary generation
Stephen Wan | Mark Dras | Cecile Paris | Robert Dale
Proceedings of the Australasian Language Technology Workshop 2003

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Using Thematic Information in Statistical Headline Generation
Stephen Wan | Mark Dras | Cécile Paris | Robert Dale
Proceedings of the ACL 2003 Workshop on Multilingual Summarization and Question Answering

2002

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Evangelising Language Technology: A Practically-Focussed Undergraduate Program
Robert Dale | Diego Mollá Aliod | Rolf Schwitter
Proceedings of the ACL-02 Workshop on Effective Tools and Methodologies for Teaching Natural Language Processing and Computational Linguistics

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Using the WordNet Hierarchy for Associative Anaphora Resolution
Josef Meyer | Robert Dale
COLING-02: SEMANET: Building and Using Semantic Networks

2000

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Selectional Restrictions in HPSG
Ion Androutsopoulos | Robert Dale
COLING 2000 Volume 1: The 18th International Conference on Computational Linguistics

1998

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Introduction to the Special Issue on Natural Language Generation
Robert Dale | Barbara Di Eugenio | Donia Scott
Computational-Linguistics, Volume 24, Number 3, September 1998

1996

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Strategies for Comparison in Encyclopedia Descriptions
Maria Milosavljevic | Robert Dale
Eighth International Natural Language Generation Workshop

1993

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Rhetoric and Intentions in Discourse
Robert Dale
Intentionality and Structure in Discourse Relations

1992

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A Fast Algorithm for the Generation of Referring Expressions
Ehud Reiter | Robert Dale
COLING 1992 Volume 1: The 14th International Conference on Computational Linguistics

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Towards Robust PATR
Shona Douglas | Robert Dale
COLING 1992 Volume 2: The 14th International Conference on Computational Linguistics

1991

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Generating Referring Expressions Involving Relations
Robert Dale | Nicholas Haddock
Fifth Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics

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Book Reviews: Natural Language Generation in Artificial Intelligence and Computational Linguistics
Robert Dale
ComputationaI Linguistics, Volume 17, Number 4, December 1991

1989

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Cooking Up Referring Expressions
Robert Dale
27th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics