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Feb 9, Mar 8, 2011; unsupervised generation from context-free grammar trained on Shakespeare’s Sonnets, transformed by JanusNode’s “eecumingsify” option.
I think this is just something I had to get out of my system. Earlier I had loaded up the Stanford Parser, parsed some lyrics from Biggie Smalls, and spent some time looking at the parse trees and part-of-speech tags. I didn’t have much hope for training a grammar and generating from it, but I figured I should give it a shot. So I parsed Shakespeare’s sonnets one line at a time, and saved the parse trees as a set of rules:
Then I did random sampling on the rules to generate new lines. (Method d597e8b9-98c4-446d-9981-a9690a59165f, generating from context-free grammar trained on a specific corpus.) This is the wrong way to do it, of course; the Stanford Parser lets you train grammars, but I wanted to do it myself, you know, I wanted to feel the data being processed. And since I was doing a quick-n-dirty job I didn’t handle disambiguations or calculate rule probabilities or other stuff I should probably be doing but don’t even know about. As I mentioned before, if I wanted to give grammar-based generation a fair shake, I should probably use semantic constraints… but I don’t really feel compelled to do that sort of thing.
Parse trees are real pretty, though. Gotta figure out some way to work with them some more. Maybe by looking at the ways they show how the brain processes things.
Anyway, I generated 90 lines, selected one that looked good, and passed it through JanusNode’s “eecummingsify” transformation. To give you a sense of what unweighed unconstrained grammar output looks like, I end with the lines I generated. Looks like there are about 4-5 usable lines total, giving this method a yield of 1:22.5.
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