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Governing narrative events with tropes as institutional norms

Thompson, Matt; Padget, Julian; Battle, Steve


Matt Thompson

Julian Padget


Peter R Lewis

Christopher J Headleand

Panagiotis D Ritsos


© Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018. A narrative world can be viewed as a form of society in which characters follow a set of social norms whose collective function is to guide the characters through (the creation of) a story arc and reach some conclusion. By modelling the rules of a narrative using norms, we can govern the actions of agents that act out the characters in a story. Agents are given sets of permitted actions and obligations to fulfil based on their and the story’s current situation. However, a way to describe stories in terms of social norms is needed. Existing formalisms for narrative do not work at multiple layers of abstraction, and do not provide a rich enough vocabulary for describing stories. We use story tropes as a means of building reusable story components with which we describe the social norms that govern our storyworld agents.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (published)
Conference Name Artificial Life and Intelligent Agents Symposium (ALIA) 2016
Start Date Jun 14, 2016
End Date Jun 15, 2016
Acceptance Date May 11, 2016
Publication Date Jan 1, 2018
Journal Communications in Computer and Information Science
Print ISSN 1865-0929
Publisher Springer Verlag (Germany)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 732
Pages 133-137
Series Title Communications in Computer and Information Science
Keywords governing narrative events, tropes, institutional norms
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Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Artificial Life and Intelligent Agents Symposium (ALIA) 2016

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