Automatic Analysis of Plot for Story Rewriting

Harry Halpin, Johanna D. Moore, Judy Robertson

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A method for automatic plot analysis of narrative texts that uses components of both traditional symbolic analysis of natural language and statistical machine-learning is presented for the story rewriting task. In the story rewriting task, an exemplar story is read to the pupils and the pupils rewrite the story in their own words. This allows them to practice language skills such as spelling, diction, and grammar without being stymied by content creation. Often the pupil improperly recalls the story. Our method of automatic plot analysis enables the tutoring system to automatically analyze the student’s story for both general coherence and specific missing events.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of EMNLP 2004
EditorsDekang Lin, Dekai Wu
Place of PublicationBarcelona, Spain
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2004


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