Ah, just when I thought it couldn’t get any better: Uniform Information Density has been applied to text generation ;). Have a look at this paper (thanks, Raja, for forwarding it):
- Rajakrishnan Rajkumar and Michael White. 2011. Linguistically Motivated Complementizer Choice in Surface Realization. In Proc. of the EMNLP-11 Workshop on Using Corpora in NLG. (bib)
According to Raja (the first author), more on this issue is in progress (e.g. an extension beyond complementizers) and future updates on this work will be posted on Michael White’s lab at Ohio State.