Event Detection and Semantic Storytelling: Generating a Travelogue from a large Collection of Personal Letters.

Georg Rehm, Julian Moreno Schneider, Peter Bourgonje, Ankit Srivastava, Jan Nehring, Armin Berger, Luca König, Sören Räuchle, Jens Gerth

In: Tommaso Caselli, Ben Miller, Marieke van Erp, Piek Vossen, Martha Palmer, Eduard Hovy, Teruko Mitamura (editor). Proceedings of the Events and Stories in the News Workshop. Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL-2017) August 4 Vancouver BC Canada Pages 42-51 Association for Computational Linguistics 2017.


We present an approach at identifying a specific class of events, movement action events (MAEs), in ca. 2,800 personal let- ters exchanged by the German architect Erich Mendelsohn and his wife, Luise. A backend system uses these and other se- mantic analysis results as input for an au- thoring environment that curators can use to produce new pieces of content. The hu- man expert will receive recommendations from the system with the goal of putting together a travelogue, i. e., a description of the trips and journeys undertaken by the couple. We describe the components and also apply the system to news data.


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