A Directed Random Paragraph Generator.

by Kenneth Eugene Harper, S. Y. W. Su


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A description of a computer program for generating strings of sentences that have the properties of "real" discourse. The program implements certain linguistic assumptions about "development" and "cohesion" among sentences. The generator consists of two major parts: a data conversion program for establishing compact data tables with associative links and a generation program for synthesizing sentences. The generator, currently operational, is written in PL/I and is run on the IBM 360/65. The objective is to gain a better theoretical understanding of the interrelationship of sentences in a connected discourse. 44 pp. Bibliog.

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