UC Merced Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society Title Attribute preference and priming in reference production: Experimental evidence and computational modeling Publication Date Attribute preference and priming in reference production Experimental evidence and computational modeling

Albert Gatt, Martjin Goudbeek, Krahmer, Albert Gatt, Martijn Goudbeek, Emiel Krahmer
unpublished
Referring expressions (such as the red chair facing right) often show evidence of preferences (Pechmann, 1989; Belke & Meyer, 2002), with some attributes (e.g. colour) being more frequent and more often included when they are not required, leading to overspecified references. This observation underlies many computational models of Referring Expression Generation , especially those influenced by Dale & Reiter's (1995) In-cremental Algorithm. However, more recent work has shown that in
more » ... that in interactive settings, priming can alter preferences. This paper provides further experimental evidence for these phenomena , and proposes a new computational model that incorporates both attribute preferences and priming effects. We show that the model provides an excellent match to human experimental data.
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