Cross-linguistic differences and similarities in image descriptions

Emiel van Miltenburg, Desmond Elliott, Piek Vossen

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Abstract

Automatic image description systems are commonly trained and evaluated on large image description datasets. Recently, researchers have started to collect such datasets for languages other than English. An unexplored question is how different these datasets are from English and, if there are any differences, what causes them to differ. This paper provides a cross-linguistic comparison of Dutch, English, and German image descriptions. We find that these descriptions are similar in many respects, but the familiarity of crowd workers with the subjects of the images has a noticeable influence on the specificity of the descriptions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Natural Language Generation (INLG 2017)
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics
Pages21-30
Number of pages10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sep 2017
Event10th International Conference on Natural Language Generation - Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Duration: 4 Sep 20177 Sep 2017
https://eventos.citius.usc.es/inlg2017/index

Conference

Conference10th International Conference on Natural Language Generation
Abbreviated titleINLG 2017
CountrySpain
CitySantiago de Compostela
Period4/09/177/09/17
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Keywords

  • cs.CL
  • cs.AI
  • cs.CV

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