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Computational Linguistics

Paola Merlo, Editor
September 2012, Vol. 38, No. 3, Pages 469-478
(doi: 10.1162/COLI_a_00114)
© 2012 Association for Computational Linguistics
Fruit Carts: A Domain and Corpus for Research in Dialogue Systems and Psycholinguistics
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We describe a novel domain, Fruit Carts, aimed at eliciting human language production for the twin purposes of (a) dialogue system research and development and (b) psycholinguistic research. Fruit Carts contains five tasks: choosing a cart, placing it on a map, painting the cart, rotating the cart, and filling the cart with fruit. Fruit Carts has been used for research in psycholinguistics and in dialogue systems. Based on these experiences, we discuss how well the Fruit Carts domain meets four desired features: unscripted, context-constrained, controllable difficulty, and separability into semi-independent subdialogues. We describe the domain in sufficient detail to allow others to replicate it; researchers interested in using the corpora themselves are encouraged to contact the authors directly.