Automatic Identification of Character Types from Film Dialogs

Marcin Skowron, Martin Trapp, Sabine Payr, Robert Trappl
2016 Applied Artificial Intelligence  
We study the detection of character types from fictional dialog texts such as screenplays. As approaches based on the analysis of utterances' linguistic properties are not sufficient to identify all fictional character types, we develop an integrative approach that complements linguistic analysis with interactive and communication characteristics, and show that it can improve the identification performance. The interactive characteristics of fictional characters are captured by the descriptive
more » ... nalysis of semantic graphs weighted by linguistic markers of expressivity and social role. For this approach, we introduce a new data set of action movie character types with their corresponding sequences of dialogs. The evaluation results demonstrate that the integrated approach outperforms baseline approaches on the presented data set. Comparative in-depth analysis of a single screenplay leads on to the discussion of possible limitations of this approach and to directions for future research.
doi:10.1080/08839514.2017.1289311 pmid:29118463 pmcid:PMC5652896 fatcat:vsi3ofdwcnbs3g6gx3lo5eh364