50 Ways to Bake a Cookie: Mapping the Landscape of Procedural Texts
The web is full of guidance on a wide variety of tasks, from changing the oilin your car to baking an apple pie.
However, as content is created independently, a single task could have thousands of corresponding proceduraltexts.
This makes it difficult for users to view the bigger picture and understand the multiple ways the task could be accomplished.
In this work we propose an unsupervised learning approach for summarizing multiple proceduraltexts into an intuitive graph representation, allowing users to easily explore commonalities and differences.
We demonstrate our approach on recipes, a prominent example of procedural texts.
User studies show that our representation is intuitive and coherent and that it has the potential to help users with several sensemaking tasks, including adapting recipes for a novice cook and finding creative ways to spice up a dish.