Traditional Data-to-Text Generation (D2T) systems utilise carefully crafted domain specific rules and templates to generate high quality accurate texts. More recent approaches use neural systems to learn domain rules from the training data to produce very fluent and diverse texts. However, there is a trade-off with rule-based systems producing accurate text but that may lack variation, while learning-based systems produce more diverse texts but often with poorer accuracy. In this paper, we propose a Case-Based approach for D2T that mitigates the impact of this trade-off by dynamically selecting templates from the training corpora. In our approach we develop a novel case-alignment based, feature weighing method that is used to build an effective similarity measure. Extensive experimentation is performed on a sports domain dataset. Through Extractive Evaluation metrics, we demonstrate the benefit of the CBR system over a rule-based baseline and a neural benchmark.
UPADHYAY, A., MASSIE, S., SINGH, R.K., GUPTA, G. and OJHA, M. 2021. A case-based approach to data-to-text generation. In Sánchez-Ruiz, A.A. and Floyd, M.W. (eds.) Case-based reasoning research and development: proceedings of 29th International conference case-based reasoning 2021 (ICCBR 2021), 13-16 September 2021, Salamanca, Spain. Lecture notes in computer science (LNCS), 12877. Cham: Springer [online], pages 232-247. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-86957-1_16