Understanding Confounding Effects in Linguistic Coordination: An Information-Theoretic Approach

@article{Gao2015UnderstandingCE,
  title={Understanding Confounding Effects in Linguistic Coordination: An Information-Theoretic Approach},
  author={Shuyang Gao and Greg Ver Steeg and A. G. Galstyan},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
  year={2015},
  volume={10}
}
We suggest an information-theoretic approach for measuring stylistic coordination in dialogues. The proposed measure has a simple predictive interpretation and can account for various confounding factors through proper conditioning. We revisit some of the previous studies that reported strong signatures of stylistic accommodation, and find that a significant part of the observed coordination can be attributed to a simple confounding effect—length coordination. Specifically, longer utterances… 
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