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Query Details

Query Subject:   Facebook App: Evaluate a Natural Lang Generation System
Author:   Eva Banik
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Computational Linguistics
Discourse Analysis

Query:   I am looking for participants to fill out a short survey on Facebook to
evaluate a natural language generation (NLG) system. The system
produces paragraph-length texts and returns many paraphrases for a
given input. The survey compares quality judgments for the generated
texts, asking participants to judge the quality of three short paragraphs.

The URL for the Facebook application is:


I would be very grateful if you could forward this link to your friends.
Anybody is welcome to fill out the survey.

Thank you for your help, and please get in touch if you have any
trouble running the application.

Eva Banik
LL Issue: 21.1203
Date posted: 11-Mar-2010


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