Melissa Roemmele

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Research in open-domain commonsense reasoning has been hindered by the lack of evaluation metrics for judging progress and comparing alternative approaches. Taking inspiration from large-scale question sets used in natural language processing research, we authored one thousand English-language questions that directly assess commonsense causal reasoning,(More)
Previous research suggests that individuals abused as children are more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior during adulthood. The present study examined early maladaptive schemas as mediators of the child abuse-risky sexual behavior relationship among 653 college women. Self-report surveys assessed three forms of child abuse: Sexual, physical, and(More)
We present a new set of challenge problems for the logical formalization of commonsense knowledge, called Triangle-COPA. This set of one hundred problems is smaller than other recent commonsense reasoning question sets, but is unique in that it is specifically designed to support the development of logic-based commonsense theories, via two means. First,(More)
SemEval-2012 Task 7 presented a deceptively simple challenge: given an English sentence as a premise, select the sentence amongst two alternatives that more plausibly has a causal relation to the premise. In this paper, we describe the development of this task and its motivation. We describe the two systems that competed in this task as part of(More)
Humans have a remarkable tendency to anthropomorphize moving objects, ascribing to them intentions and emotions as if they were human. Early social psychology research demonstrated that animated film clips depicting the movements of simple geometric shapes could elicit rich interpretations of intentional behavior from viewers. In attempting to model this(More)
With recent research interest in the confounding roles of homophily and contagion in studies of social influence, there is a strong need for reliable content-based measures of the similarity between people. In this paper, we investigate the use of text similarity measures as a way of predicting the similarity of prolific weblog authors. We describe a novel(More)
Seventy years ago, psychologists Fritz Heider and Marianne Simmel described an influential study of the perception of intention, where a simple movie of animated geometric shapes evoked in their subjects rich narrative interpretations involving their psychology and social relationships. In this paper, we describe the Heider-Simmel Interactive Theater, a web(More)
People naturally anthropomorphize the movement of nonliving objects, as social psychologists Fritz Heider and Marianne Simmel demonstrated in their influential 1944 research study. When they asked participants to narrate an animated film of two triangles and a circle moving in and around a box, participants described the shapes' movement in terms of human(More)
Successful communication and collaboration between humans and intelligent agents of the future will require a robust ability to algorithmically infer the subjective mental states of the human participants. As in human to human interaction, the central concerns of plans, goals, emotions, and beliefs of another must inferred from a mix of explicit and(More)