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Measuring Narrative Cohesion: A Five Variables Approach

Measuring Narrative Cohesion: A Five Variables Approach
Measuring Narrative Cohesion: A Five Variables Approach
In this paper we present a five variable approach to measuring narrative cohesion. Increasingly narratives are dynamically adapted for presentation to enhance personalisation or fit different presentational objectives. Narrative generation systems seek to either automatically generate stories from scratch or, create stories from predefined conditions. With the rise of machines as co-authors it is important to consider what the affect is upon the cohesion of the narratives represented or created in this way. Typically, in existing work, this is limited to an analysis of the use of textual language within the narrative to communicate a coherent message. However we find that beyond linguistic connections narrative elements are coherently bound together through other concepts and structures such as themes, genre, narrator, and style. We present these variables, and features that may be used to identify their presence, as an alternative approach to measuring narrative cohesion and demonstrate their application on two generated narratives.
Hargood, Charlie
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Millard, David
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Weal, Mark
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Hargood, Charlie
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Millard, David
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Weal, Mark
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Hargood, Charlie, Millard, David and Weal, Mark (2011) Measuring Narrative Cohesion: A Five Variables Approach. Narrative and Hypertext Workshop at Hypertext 11.

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In this paper we present a five variable approach to measuring narrative cohesion. Increasingly narratives are dynamically adapted for presentation to enhance personalisation or fit different presentational objectives. Narrative generation systems seek to either automatically generate stories from scratch or, create stories from predefined conditions. With the rise of machines as co-authors it is important to consider what the affect is upon the cohesion of the narratives represented or created in this way. Typically, in existing work, this is limited to an analysis of the use of textual language within the narrative to communicate a coherent message. However we find that beyond linguistic connections narrative elements are coherently bound together through other concepts and structures such as themes, genre, narrator, and style. We present these variables, and features that may be used to identify their presence, as an alternative approach to measuring narrative cohesion and demonstrate their application on two generated narratives.

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Published date: 6 June 2011
Venue - Dates: Narrative and Hypertext Workshop at Hypertext 11, 2011-06-06
Organisations: Web & Internet Science

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Local EPrints ID: 272275
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/272275
PURE UUID: 59465732-9c01-4260-902a-41f6d62cad94
ORCID for David Millard: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7512-2710
ORCID for Mark Weal: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6251-8786

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Date deposited: 12 May 2011 16:03
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 13:08

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