Rachelyn farrell

Research Scientist
Narrative Intelligence Lab
University of Kentucky
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Narrative Space Summarization Study

For my dissertation I developed a method of summarizing clusters of stories (narrative plans), in order to help story domain authors better understand what kinds of stories are possible. To evaluate the technique, I made this tool that allows you to configure a story world and explore it by clicking on clusters and reading example stories:


At the bottom of that page (after the Intro), you can toggle between the three different versions of the tool: The Circles and Tree versions each use a different type of cluster summary, and the Control version uses no summary.

The point of this is that it’s really difficult to anticipate exactly what stories are modeled by a narrative planning domain, even if you wrote it yourself! I asked people from all three groups whether or not specific stories were possible in the world they had just configured, and my summary tools helped people answer the questions more accurately.

If you want to try it yourself, configure the world however you like, then click the “Answer 14 Questions” button at the bottom and see how many you can get right! (Just a demo, I’m not collecting data.)

Feedback and questions are always welcome. Thanks for visiting!