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A hierarchical Bayesian model for unsupervised induction of script knowledge

L Frermann, I Titov, M Pinkal

The Association for Computational Linguistics | Published : 2014


Scripts representing common sense knowledge about stereotyped sequences of events have been shown to be a valuable resource for NLP applications. We present a hierarchical Bayesian model for unsupervised learning of script knowledge from crowdsourced descriptions of human activities. Events and constraints on event ordering are induced jointly in one unified framework. We use a statistical model over permutations which captures event ordering constraints in a more flexible way than previous approaches. In order to alleviate the sparsity problem caused by using relatively small datasets, we incorporate in our hierarchical model an informed prior on word distributions. The resulting model subs..

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