A Computational Model of Human Preferences for Pronoun Resolution

TitreA Computational Model of Human Preferences for Pronoun Resolution
Publication TypeArticle dans des actes
Année de la conférence2017
AuthorsSeminck, Olga, and Pascal Amsili
Nom de la conférenceProceedings of the Student Research Workshop at the 15th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics
Date de publication04/2017

We present a cognitive computational model of pronoun resolution that reproduces the human interpretation preferences of the Subject Assignment Strategy and the Parallel Function Strategy. Our model relies on a probabilistic pronoun resolution system trained on corpus data. Factors influencing pronoun resolution are represented as features weighted by their relative importance. The importance the model gives to the preferences is in line with psycholinguistic studies. We demonstrate the cognitive plausibility of the model by running it on experimental items and simulating antecedent choice and reading times of human participants. Our model can be used as a new means to study pronoun resolution, because it captures the interaction of preferences.