AAAI Publications, Thirtieth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence

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Inferring Interpersonal Relations in Narrative Summaries
Shashank Srivastava, Snigdha Chaturvedi, Tom Mitchell

Last modified: 2016-03-05


Characterizing relationships between people is fundamental for the understanding of narratives. In this work, we address the problem of inferring the polarity of relationships between people in narrative summaries. We formulate the problem as a joint structured prediction for each narrative, and present a general model that combines evidence from linguistic and semantic features, as well as features based on the structure of the social community in the text. We additionally provide a clustering-based approach that can exploit regularities in narrative types. e.g., learn an affinity for love-triangles in romantic stories. On a dataset of movie summaries from Wikipedia, our structured models provide more than 30% error-reduction over a competitive baseline that considers pairs of characters in isolation.


Structured Prediction;Relation classification;Computational Narrative Modeling;Structured Perceptron;Text mining

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