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AAAI 2021
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An Atlas of Cultural Commonsense for Machine Reasoning

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Existing commonsense reasoning datasets for AI and NLP tasks fail to address an important aspect of human life: cultural differences. In this work, we introduce an approach that extends prior work on crowdsourcing commonsense knowledge by incorporating differences in knowledge that are attributable to cultural or national groups. We demonstrate the technique by collecting commonsense knowledge that surrounds three fairly universal rituals---coming-of-age, marriage, and funerals---across three different national groups: the United States, India, and the Philippines. Our pilot study expands the different types of relationships identified by existing work in the field of commonsense reasoning for commonplace events, and uses these new types to gather information that distinguishes the knowledge of the different groups. It also moves us a step closer towards building a machine that doesn't assume a rigid framework of universal (and likely Western-biased) commonsense knowledge, but rather has the ability to reason in a contextually and culturally sensitive way. Our hope is that cultural knowledge of this sort will lead to more human-like performance in NLP tasks such as question answering (QA) and text understanding and generation.

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02 Feb 2021

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AAAI 2021

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