Non-deterministic attribute selection in reference production

Albert Gatt, Roger van Gompel, Emiel Krahmer, Kees van Deemter

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


In producing identifying descriptions, speakers often
overspecify and manifest preferences for certain at-
tributes. However, current computational models which
incorporate this observation tend not to make precise
predictions about when and how much speakers do this.
The present paper proposes and evaluates two alter-
native models, based on the results of a new experi-
ment. Unlike current models, the new ones are non-
deterministic and seek to make precise quantitative pre-
dictions about the extent to which speakers overspecify.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the CogSci workshop Production of Referring Expressions
Place of PublicationBoston
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011
EventCogSci 2011 - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: 20 Jul 201123 Jul 2011


ConferenceCogSci 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBoston, MA

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