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Movie Plot Analysis via Turning Point Identification

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https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/D19-1180/
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing and 9th International Joint Conference on NLP
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics (ACL)
Pages1707–1717
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)978-1-950737-90-1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2019
Event2019 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing and 9th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 3 Nov 20197 Nov 2019
https://www.emnlp-ijcnlp2019.org/

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Conference2019 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing and 9th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing
Abbreviated titleEMNLP-IJCNLP 2019
CountryHong Kong
CityHong Kong
Period3/11/197/11/19
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Abstract

According to screenwriting theory, turning points (e.g., change of plans, major setback, climax) are crucial narrative moments within a screenplay: they define the plot structure, determine its progression and thematic units (e.g., setup, complications, aftermath). We propose the task of turning point identification in movies as a means of analyzing their narrative structure. We argue that turning points and the segmentation they provide can facilitate processing long, complex narratives, such as screenplays, for summarization and question answering. We introduce a dataset consisting of screenplays and plot synopses annotated with turning points and present an end-to-end neural network model that identifies turning points in plot synopses and projects them onto scenes in screenplays. Our model outperforms strong baselines based on state-of-the-art sentence representations and the expected position of turning points.

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