AAAI Publications, Eleventh Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment Conference

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Toward an Automated Measure of Narrative Complexity
Sarah Harmon, Arnav Jhala

Last modified: 2015-09-23


For young children, adults learning English, or individuals with language disorders, complex narratives are difficult to create and understand.  While narratives can easily be assessed in terms of their lexical and syntactic difficulty, automatically measuring the level of narrative complexity is a challenging problem.  We present and evaluate a preliminary system for assessing narrative complexity, which should help identify suitable texts for readers and assist in narrative skill evaluation.


narrative complexity, story intention graph

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