Some thoughts on the properties texts need to have in order to be good non-fictional narratives, and speculations on how we might generate such texts.
A travelogue about my recent cycling holiday, in Wales and England, where I saw many places related to my wife’s family history,
Unfortunately, I see many students (and indeed other people) make some basic mistakes when evaluating machine learning, for classifiers as well as NLG.
15 years ago, I siad a grand challenge for CS/AI./NLG was to help the general public effectively understand and use data. Progress on this has been less than I hoped, but this remains a worthwhile and important challenge!
Farewell to Richard Kittredge, who died in early April 2019. Richard was a pioneer in applied NLG, and also an inspiration to me personally.
An important difference between different approaches to building NLG systems is the skills needed to use these approaches to build systems. Machine learning requires the most skills, smart templating the least, and simplenlg-type programmatic approaches are in the middle.
Perhaps the most common reason for bad NLG output texts is low-quality input data. Ie, Garbage In, Garbage Out is true regardless of our technology.