[Corpora-List] New book: Computational Modeling of Narrative, by Inderjeet Mani

Graeme Hirst gh
Wed Jan 30 16:49:04 CET 2013

New Book from Morgan & Claypool Publishers

Computational Modeling of Narrative by Inderjeet Mani January 2013

Available for download here: http://www.morganclaypool.com/doi/abs/10.2200/S00459ED1V01Y201212HLT018

The field of narrative (or story) understanding and generation is one of the oldest in natural language processing (NLP) and artificial intelligence (AI), which is hardly surprising, since storytelling is such a fundamental and familiar intellectual and social activity. In recent years, the demands of interactive entertainment and interest in the creation of engaging narratives with life-like characters have provided a fresh impetus to this field. This book provides an overview of the principal problems, approaches, and challenges faced today in modeling the narrative structure of stories. The book introduces classical narratological concepts from literary theory and their mapping to computational approaches. It demonstrates how research in AI and NLP has modeled character goals, causality, and time using formalisms from planning, case-based reasoning, and temporal reasoning, and discusses fundamental limitations in such approaches. It proposes new representations for embedded narratives and fictional entities, for assessing the pace of a narrative, and offers an empirical theory of audience response. These notions are incorporated into an annotation scheme called NarrativeML. The book identifies key issues that need to be addressed, including annotation methods for long literary narratives, the representation of modality and habituality, and characterizing the goals of narrators. It also suggests a future characterized by advanced text mining of narrative structure from large-scale corpora and the development of a variety of useful authoring aids.

This is the first book to provide a systematic foundation that integrates together narratology, AI, and computational linguistics. It can serve as a narratology primer for computer scientists and an elucidation of computational narratology for literary theorists. It is written in a highly accessible manner and is intended for use by a broad scientific audience that includes linguists (computational and formal semanticists), AI researchers, cognitive scientists, computer scientists, game developers, and narrative theorists.


In the series, Synthesis Lectures on Human Language Technologies, edited by Graeme Hirst, University of Toronto: http://www.morganclaypool.com/toc/hlt/1/1

This title is available online, free of charge to members of institutions that that have licensed the Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science. Use of this book as a course text is encouraged and the text may be downloaded without restriction at licensed institutions or after a one-time fee of $30.00 at non-licensed schools. To find out whether your institution is a licensed, visit <http://www.morganclaypool.com/page/licensed> or follow the links above and attempt to download the PDF.

A print copy of this book can also be purchased directly from the Morgan & Claypool Bookstore (http://secure.aidcvt.com/mcp/) for $40.00 USD or from Amazon and other booksellers worldwide.

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