Generating Explanations in Context

Giuseppe Carenini, Johanna D. Moore

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If user interfaces are to reap the benefits of natural language interaction, they must be endowed with the properties that make human natural language interaction so effective. Human-human explanation is an inherently incremental and interactive process. New information must be highlighted and related to what has already been presented. In this paper, we describe the explanation component of a medical information-giving system. We describe the architectural features that enable this component to generate subsequent explanations that take into account the context created by its prior utterances.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 1st International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)0-89791-556-9, 0-89791-557-7
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1993


  • dialogue management, explanation, natural language processing, tutoring systems

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