Resolving ”You” in Multi-Party Dialog


Gupta Surabhi, Niekrasz John, Purver Matthew, Jurafsky Dan. Resolving ”You” in Multi-Party Dialog, in Proceedings of the 9th SIGdial Workshop on Discourse and Dialogue, Sep 2007.


This paper presents experiments into the resolution of “you” in multi-party dialog, dividing this process into two tasks: distinguishing between generic and referential uses; and then, for referential uses, identifying the referred-to addressee(s). On the first task we achieve an accuracy of 75% on multi-party data. We achieve an accuracy of 47% on determining the actual identity of the referent. All results are achieved without the use of visual information.

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