Plot Induction and Evolutionary Search for Story Generation

Neil McIntyre, Mirella Lapata

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In this paper we develop a story generator that leverages knowledge inherent in corpora without requiring extensive manual involvement. A key feature in our approach is the reliance on a story planner which we acquire automatically by recording events, their participants, and their precedence relationships in a training corpus. Contrary to previous work our system does not follow a generate-and-rank architecture. Instead, we employ evolutionary search techniques to explore the space of possible stories which we argue are well suited to the story generation task. Experiments on generating simple children’s stories show that our system outperforms previous data-driven approaches.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 48th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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