A2, SFB 1102 (Universität des Saarlandes, 2014-2017)

Principal Investigators: Manfred Pinkal, Stefan Thater
Researchers: Michael Roth, Lilian Wanzare, Alessandra Zarcone

Project A2 was concerned with the development of wide-coverage, automatic methods for acquiring script knowledge, thus addressing the absence of such script knowledge bases. Since script event sequences are rarely explicit in natural prose, the project used crowd-sourcing methods to create suitable corpora for script acquisition. These then served as the input for novel script-mining algorithms which were used to induce psychologically plausible probabilistic script-automata representations.

Finally, distributional models were applied to determine the semantic similarity of linguistic expressions, as conditioned by script knowledge – methods that are essential for applying scripts to real texts.

Alessandra Zarcone
Alessandra Zarcone
Professor of Language Technologies and Cognitive Assistants

Computational linguist with a background in NLP and in psycholinguistics, working on AI, NLP and human-machine interaction.