A model of suspense for narrative generation

Richard Doust, Paul Piwek


Abstract
Most work on automatic generation of narratives, and more specifically suspenseful narrative, has focused on detailed domain-specific modelling of character psychology and plot structure. Recent work in computational linguistics on the automatic learning of narrative schemas suggests an alternative approach that exploits such schemas as a starting point for modelling and measuring suspense. We propose a domain-independent model for tracking suspense in a story which can be used to predict the audience’s suspense response on a sentence-by-sentence basis at the content determination stage of narrative generation. The model lends itself as the theoretical foundation for a suspense module that is compatible with alternative narrative generation theories. The proposal is evaluated by human judges’ normalised average scores correlate strongly with predicted values.
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W17-3527
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Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Natural Language Generation
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September
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2017
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Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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INLG | WS
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SIGGEN
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Association for Computational Linguistics
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178–187
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https://aclanthology.org/W17-3527
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10.18653/v1/W17-3527
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Richard Doust and Paul Piwek. 2017. A model of suspense for narrative generation. In Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Natural Language Generation, pages 178–187, Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Association for Computational Linguistics.
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