Narrative Causality Event Pairs

If you use this data in your research, please refer to and cite: Zhichao Hu and Marilyn A. Walker. "Inferring Narrative Causality between Event Pairs in Films," In SIGdial Meeting on Discourse and Dialogue (SIGDIAL 2017), Saarbrücken, Germany, August 2017. 


Overview: Telling and understanding stories is a central part of human experience, and many types of human communication involve narrative structures. Theories of narrative posit that narrative causality underlies human understanding of a narrative. Our focus here is the four different relations posited by narrative theories to underly narrative coherence:

      • PHYSICAL: Event A physically causes event B to happen

      • MOTIVATIONAL: Event A happens with B as a motivation

      • PSYCHOLOGICAL: Event A brings about emotions (expressed in event B)

      • ENABLING: Event A creates a state or condition for B to happen. A enables B.


Data: This dataset contains evaluation data used in all experiments for the aforementioned paper:

      •  Experiment 1, High vs. Low CPC Event Pairs: top/bottom narrative causality pairs from each genre, evaluation questions and results

      •  Experiment 2, CPC vs. Rel-gram Event Pairs: evaluation questions and results

      •  Experiment 3, Narrative Causality Typesevaluation questions and results

      •  Experiment 4, Genre Specific Causalityevaluation questions and results


Download: Please fill out the following form to download the Contingent Event Evaluation Data and film scene data.

Contact: Please direct questions to Zhichao Hu: zhu [at] ucsc [dot] edu

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