Accession Number:

ADA031625

Title:

The Metanovel: Writing Stories by Computer.

Descriptive Note:

Doctoral thesis,

Corporate Author:

YALE UNIV NEW HAVEN CONN DEPT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1976-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

127.0

Abstract:

People draw on many diverse sources of real-world knowledge in order to make up stories, including the following knowledge of the physical world rules of social behavior and relationships techniques for solving everyday problems such as transportation, acquisition of objects, and acquisition of information knowledge about physical needs such as hunger and thirst knowledge about stories their organization and contents knowledge about planning behavior and the relationships between kinds of goals and knowledge about expressing a story in a natural language. This thesis describes a computer program which uses all information to write stories. The areas of knowledge, called problem domains, are defined by a set of representational primitives, a set of problems expressed in terms of those primitives, and a set of procedures for solving those problems. These may vary from one domain to the next. All this specialized knowledge must be integrated in order to accomplish a task such as storytelling. The program, called TALE-SPIN, produces stories in English, interacting with the user, who specifies characters, personality characteristics, and relationships between characters. Operating in a different mode, the program can make those decisions in order to produce Aesop-like fables. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Linguistics
  • Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE