[Elsnet-list] Information Extraction from Fiction: Collecting Test Data

S Givon s0560804 at sms.ed.ac.uk
Thu Apr 27 11:07:54 CEST 2006

Dear all,

My name is Sharon Givon and I'm an MSc student in the Speech & Language 
Processing program at the University of Edinburgh. My dissertation 
project deals with extracting information from fiction (with 
Amazon.com): central characters, relationships between them and main 
story events. Unfortunately, no annotated corpus is available for that 
purpose, and this is where I need your help.

If you are willing to help, you will find in the attached link a list 
of very famous books. If you think you are familiar enough with a story 
(either from reading the book or watching the film), please click on 
its link to fill in some information about it. You will be asked to 
fill in names of central characters, relationships between them and 
short description of main events.
If you need to refresh your memory you can use the links to the actual 
book texts.

Collecting this information is crucial to my project and will hopefully 
be useful for more researchers. I would extremely appreciate it if you 
dedicated a few minutes to it. Do not feel like you have to fill in 
information for the whole list of titles: a few books would be great 
but even one book would be well appreciated.

Here's the link:

Feel free to email me with questions or comment.


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