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LINGUIST List 22.1333

Tue Mar 22 2011

FYI: Data Collection with an Online Game: Improviso

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        1.     Jeff Orkin , Data Collection with an Online Game: Improviso

Message 1: Data Collection with an Online Game: Improviso
Date: 22-Mar-2011
From: Jeff Orkin <jorkinmedia.mit.edu>
Subject: Data Collection with an Online Game: Improviso
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Researchers at the MIT Media Lab are using an online game called
Improviso to collect data from human dialogues (typed text) in a
role-playing scenario. Improviso is a collaboration between the GAMBIT
game lab and the MIT Media Lab.

The long-term goal of the project is to train an AI system with data
collected from thousands of people telling stories together with the
same characters, sets, and props. Once trained, this AI system will be
able to play the role of one or more characters that can converse and
interact with other AI- or human-controlled characters. This project
builds on AI research developed for The Restaurant Game project, and
will demonstrate that the system generalizes to new scenarios.

From a linguistic perspective, collecting this kind of gameplay data
results in linguistic corpora of a novel type, in which dialogue between
two players is accompanied by non-linguistic context.

You can help us collect data by playing the game, which is available for
free download from:

http://gambit.mit.edu/improviso

Related press release is here:

http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2011/improv-rpg.html

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis

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