AAAI Publications, 2010 AAAI Fall Symposium Series

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Representing and Managing Narratives in a Computer-Suitable Form
Gian Piero Zarri

Last modified: 2010-11-03


Narratives can be defined informally as a “spatio-temporally bounded stream of elementary events”. To make this sort of definition more computationally useful we introduce, firstly, some pragmatic criteria for recognizing highly ambiguous entities like the “elementary events” and for linking these events together into complete narratives. We raise then the problem of how to concretely represent elementary events and narratives in computer-suitable form. We introduce then the main characteristics of a language, NKRL (Narrative Knowledge Representation Language), expressly specified and implemented for dealing with (non-fictional) narratives and temporal information. We conclude by showing briefly how this language can be used for questioning and for particularly complex inference operations.


narrative information; elementary events; knowledge representation; n-ary relationships; querying and inferencing

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