The Tale of Peter Rabbit: A Case-study in Story-sense Reasoning

Malcolm Ryan, Nicholas Hannah, Joshua Lobb

The telling and understanding of stories is a universal part of human experience. If we could reproduce even part of the process inside a computer, it could expand the possibilities for human-computer interaction enormously. We argue that in order to do so, we need to model narrative at three levels of abstraction, in terms of physics, characters and plot. Taking four scenes from the children's story The Tale of Peter Rabbit, we describe some of the challenges they present for modeling this kind of story-sense reasoning.

Subjects: 5. Common Sense Reasoning; 1.1 Art And Music

Submitted: Sep 9, 2007