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Inducing Semantic Micro-Clusters from Deep Multi-View Representations of Novels

Lea Frermann, György Szarvas

Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing | Association for Computational Linguistics | Published : 2017

Abstract

Automatically understanding the plot of novels is important both for informing literary scholarship and applications such as summarization or recommendation. Various models have addressed this task, but their evaluation has remained largely intrinsic and qualitative. Here, we propose a principled and scalable framework leveraging expert-provided semantic tags (e.g., mystery, pirates) to evaluate plot representations in an extrinsic fashion, assessing their ability to produce locally coherent groupings of novels (micro-clusters) in model space. We present a deep recurrent autoencoder model that learns richly structured multi-view plot representations, and show that they i) yield better microc..

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