An Empirical Approach for Modeling Fuzzy Geographical Descriptors

Alejandro Ramos Soto, Jose Alonso, Ehud Baruch Reiter, Kees van Deemter, Albert Gatt

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We present a novel heuristic approach that defines fuzzy geographical descriptors using data gathered from a survey with human subjects. The participants were asked to provide graphical interpretations of the descriptors ‘north’ and ‘south’ for the Galician region (Spain). Based on these interpretations, our approach builds fuzzy descriptors that are able to compute membership degrees for geographical locations. We evaluated our approach in terms of efficiency and precision. The fuzzy descriptors are meant to be used as the cornerstones of a geographical referring expression generation algorithm that is able to linguistically characterize
geographical locations and regions. This work is also part of a general research effort that intends to establish a methodology which reunites the empirical studies traditionally practiced in data-to-text and the use of fuzzy sets to model imprecision and vagueness in words and expressions for text generation purposes
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ-IEEE)
PublisherIEEE Explore
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5090-6034-4
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventIEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ-IEEE), 2017 - Naples, Italy
Duration: 9 Jul 201712 Jul 2017


ConferenceIEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ-IEEE), 2017
Abbreviated title(FUZZ-IEEE)

Bibliographical note

This work has been funded by TIN2014-56633-C3-1-R and TIN2014-56633-C3-3-R projects from the Spanish “Ministerio de Economıa y Competitividad” and by the “Consellerıa de Cultura, Educacion e Ordenacion Universitaria” (accreditation 2016-2019, ED431G/08) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The authors would also like to thank Jose M. Ramos Gonzalez for setting up the survey at the I.E.S. A Xunqueira I, as well as all anonymous subjects who contributed to this study


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