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Title Exploring Conversational Language Generation for Rich Content about Hotels
Authors Marilyn Walker, Albry Smither, Shereen Oraby, Vrindavan Harrison and Hadar Shemtov
Abstract Dialogue systems for hotel and tourist information have typically simplified the richness of the domain, focusing system utterances on only a few selected attributes such as price, location and type of rooms. However, much more content is typically available for hotels, often as many as 50 distinct instantiated attributes for an individual entity. New methods are needed to use this content to generate natural dialogues for hotel information, and in general for any domain with such rich complex content. We describe three experiments aimed at collecting data that can inform an NLG for hotels dialogues, and show, not surprisingly, that the the sentences in the original written hotel descriptions provided on webpages for each hotel are stylistically not a very good match for conversational interaction. We quantify the stylistic features that characterize the differences between the original textual data and the collected dialogic data. We plan to use these in stylistic models for generation, and for scoring retrieved utterances for use in hotel dialogues.
Topics Corpus (Creation, Annotation, Etc.), Other, Natural Language Generation
Full paper Exploring Conversational Language Generation for Rich Content about Hotels
Bibtex @InProceedings{WALKER18.763,
  author = {Marilyn Walker and Albry Smither and Shereen Oraby and Vrindavan Harrison and Hadar Shemtov},
  title = "{Exploring Conversational Language Generation for Rich Content about Hotels}",
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2018)},
  year = {2018},
  month = {May 7-12, 2018},
  address = {Miyazaki, Japan},
  editor = {Nicoletta Calzolari (Conference chair) and Khalid Choukri and Christopher Cieri and Thierry Declerck and Sara Goggi and Koiti Hasida and Hitoshi Isahara and Bente Maegaard and Joseph Mariani and Hélène Mazo and Asuncion Moreno and Jan Odijk and Stelios Piperidis and Takenobu Tokunaga},
  publisher = {European Language Resources Association (ELRA)},
  isbn = {979-10-95546-00-9},
  language = {english}
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