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Givenness Hierarchy Theoretic Referential Choice in Situated Contexts


We present a computational cognitive model of referential choice that models and explains the choice between a wide variety of referring forms using a small set of features important to situated contexts. By combining explainable machine learning techniques, data collected in situated contexts, and recent computational models of cognitive status, we produce an accurate and explainable model of referential choice that provides an intuitive pragmatic account of this process in humans, and an intuitive method for computationally enabling this capability in robots and other autonomous agents.

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