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Title Annotating Characters in Literary Corpora: A Scheme, the CHARLES Tool, and an Annotated Novel
Authors Hardik Vala, Stefan Dimitrov, David Jurgens, Andrew Piper and Derek Ruths
Abstract Characters form the focus of various studies of literary works, including social network analysis, archetype induction, and plot comparison. The recent rise in the computational modelling of literary works has produced a proportional rise in the demand for character-annotated literary corpora. However, automatically identifying characters is an open problem and there is low availability of literary texts with manually labelled characters. To address the latter problem, this work presents three contributions: (1) a comprehensive scheme for manually resolving mentions to characters in texts. (2) A novel collaborative annotation tool, CHARLES (CHAracter Resolution Label-Entry System) for character annotation and similiar cross-document tagging tasks. (3) The character annotations resulting from a pilot study on the novel Pride and Prejudice, demonstrating the scheme and tool facilitate the efficient production of high-quality annotations. We expect this work to motivate the further production of annotated literary corpora to help meet the demand of the community.
Topics Anaphora, Coreference, Tools, Systems, Applications, Corpus (Creation, Annotation, etc.)
Full paper Annotating Characters in Literary Corpora: A Scheme, the CHARLES Tool, and an Annotated Novel
Bibtex @InProceedings{VALA16.1130,
  author = {Hardik Vala and Stefan Dimitrov and David Jurgens and Andrew Piper and Derek Ruths},
  title = {Annotating Characters in Literary Corpora: A Scheme, the CHARLES Tool, and an Annotated Novel},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2016)},
  year = {2016},
  month = {may},
  date = {23-28},
  location = {Portoro┼ż, Slovenia},
  editor = {Nicoletta Calzolari (Conference Chair) and Khalid Choukri and Thierry Declerck and Sara Goggi and Marko Grobelnik and Bente Maegaard and Joseph Mariani and Helene Mazo and Asuncion Moreno and Jan Odijk and Stelios Piperidis},
  publisher = {European Language Resources Association (ELRA)},
  address = {Paris, France},
  isbn = {978-2-9517408-9-1},
  language = {english}
 }
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