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The Thematic Illustrator: An Automatic Illustrative Approach to Enhancing Narrative Cohesion

The Thematic Illustrator: An Automatic Illustrative Approach to Enhancing Narrative Cohesion
The Thematic Illustrator: An Automatic Illustrative Approach to Enhancing Narrative Cohesion
Adaptive or generated narratives offer personalised and dynamic delivery of narrative content to users. However their generation or adaption is often based on the literal content of the narrative and not the subtext ignoring many important narrative principles such as narrative cohesion. Based on our existing work on a thematic model we present the Thematic Illustrator; a system capable of generating content relevant themed illustrations for short stories. The system aims to emphasise core themes and as a result improve the thematic cohesion of the story. We investigate whether this has a tangible effect on the cohesion of the narrative as a whole by using five variables to measure the cohesion of a story with themed and unthemed illustrations. Our results show that thematic noise can be reduced and that there is a demonstrated link between thematic cohesion and some other aspects of narrative cohesion.
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) The Thematic Illustrator: An Automatic Illustrative Approach to Enhancing Narrative Cohesion. Hypertext 2011 Poster Session.

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Abstract

Adaptive or generated narratives offer personalised and dynamic delivery of narrative content to users. However their generation or adaption is often based on the literal content of the narrative and not the subtext ignoring many important narrative principles such as narrative cohesion. Based on our existing work on a thematic model we present the Thematic Illustrator; a system capable of generating content relevant themed illustrations for short stories. The system aims to emphasise core themes and as a result improve the thematic cohesion of the story. We investigate whether this has a tangible effect on the cohesion of the narrative as a whole by using five variables to measure the cohesion of a story with themed and unthemed illustrations. Our results show that thematic noise can be reduced and that there is a demonstrated link between thematic cohesion and some other aspects of narrative cohesion.

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Published date: 6 June 2011
Venue - Dates: Hypertext 2011 Poster Session, 2011-06-06
Organisations: Web & Internet Science

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Local EPrints ID: 272280
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/272280
PURE UUID: 1a7b9cc2-053e-483f-9751-3bc6379596cd
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: 13 May 2011 10:52
Last modified: 05 Jul 2018 00:36

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Author: Charlie Hargood
Author: David Millard ORCID iD
Author: Mark Weal ORCID iD

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