AAAI Publications, Workshops at the Seventh Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment Conference

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Initial Results for Measuring Four Dimensions of Narrative Conflict
Stephen G. Ware, Brent Harrison, R. Michael Young, David L. Roberts

Last modified: 2011-10-09


Conflict is an essential element of interesting stories. In previous work, we proposed a formal model of narrative conflict. We also described 7 dimensions which can be used to distinguish one conflict from another: participants, subject, duration, balance, directness, intensity, and resolution. This paper presents the results of an experiment designed to measure how well our metrics for balance, directness, intensity, and resolution predict the responses of human readers when asked to measure these same values in a set of four stories. We conclude that our metrics are able to rank stories similarly to human readers.


conflict; dimensions; metrics

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