Absolute and Relative Properties in Geographic Referring Expressions

Rodrigo Gomes De Oliveira, Somayajulu Sripada, Ehud Baruch Reiter

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This paper discusses the importance of computing relative properties and not just retrieving absolute properties when generating geographic referring expressions such as “northern France”. We describe an algorithm that computes spatial properties at run-time by means of spatial operations such as intersecting and analyzing parts of wholes. The evaluation of the algorithm suggests that part-whole relations are key in geographic expressions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th International Natural Language Generation conferencee
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventThe 9th International Natural Language Generation conference - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 Sept 20165 Sept 2016


ConferenceThe 9th International Natural Language Generation conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

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