COMPUTING AND INFORMATICS, Vol 36, No 1 (2017)

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Recent Advances in Natural Language Generation: A Survey and Classification of the Empirical Literature

Rivindu Perera, Parma Nand

Abstract


Natural Language Generation (NLG) is defined as the systematic approach for producing human understandable natural language text based on non-textual data or from meaning representations. This is a significant area which empowers human-computer interaction. It has also given rise to a variety of theoretical as well as empirical approaches. This paper intends to provide a detailed overview and a classification of the state-of-the-art approaches in Natural Language Generation. The paper explores NLG architectures and tasks classed under document planning, micro-planning and surface realization modules. Additionally, this paper also identifies the gaps existing in the NLG research which require further work in order to make NLG a widely usable technology.

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