A benchmark dataset for Turkish data-to-text generation
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CitationDemir, S., & Oktem, S. (16 July 2022). A benchmark dataset for Turkish data-to-text generation. Computer Speech & Language. pp.1-45. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.csl.2022.101433
In the last decades, data-to-text (D2T) systems that directly learn from data have gained a lot of attention in natural language generation. These systems need data with high quality and large volume, but unfortunately some natural languages suffer from the lack of readily available generation datasets. This article describes our efforts to create a new Turkish dataset (Tr-D2T) that consists of meaning representation and reference sentence pairs without fine-grained word alignments. We utilize Turkish web resources and existing datasets in other languages for producing meaning representations and collect reference sentences by crowdsourcing native speakers. We particularly focus on the generation of single-sentence biographies and dining venue descriptions. In order to motivate future Turkish D2T studies, we present detailed benchmarking results of different sequence-to-sequence neural models trained on this dataset. To the best of our knowledge, this work is the first of its kind that provides preliminary findings and lessons learned from the creation of a new Turkish D2T dataset. Moreover, our work is the first extensive study that presents generation performances of transformer and recurrent neural network models from meaning representations in this morphologically-rich language.