50 Ways to Bake a Cookie: Mapping the Landscape of Procedural Texts

Moran Mizrahi, Dafna Shahaf

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Abstract

The web is full of guidance on a wide variety of tasks, from changing the oil in your car to baking an apple pie. However, as content is created independently, a single task could have thousands of corresponding procedural texts. This makes it difficult for users to view the bigger picture and understand the multiple ways the task could be accomplished. In this work we propose an unsupervised learning approach for summarizing multiple procedural texts into an intuitive graph representation, allowing users to easily explore commonalities and differences. We demonstrate our approach on recipes, a prominent example of procedural texts. User studies show that our representation is intuitive and coherent and that it has the potential to help users with several sensemaking tasks, including adapting recipes for a novice cook and finding creative ways to spice up a dish.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationCIKM 2021 - Proceedings of the 30th ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management
Pages1304-1314
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781450384469
DOIs
StatePublished - 26 Oct 2021
Event30th ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, CIKM 2021 - Virtual, Online, Australia
Duration: 1 Nov 20215 Nov 2021

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, Proceedings

Conference

Conference30th ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, CIKM 2021
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityVirtual, Online
Period1/11/215/11/21

Keywords

  • cooking recipes
  • multi-document summarization
  • procedural texts
  • sensemaking

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Decision Sciences
  • General Business,Management and Accounting

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