Biodiversity is not declining in fiction: An effort at replication

Biodiversity is not declining in fiction: An effort at replication

In a new paper out, we attempt to replicate the findings of the recent work, “The rise and fall of biodiversity in literature,” by Langer et al. (2021). Using a large corpus from Project Gutenberg (N = ~15,000) and a dictionary-matching method of over 240K 

Computationally Modelling The Shape of Stories: A Research Program

Computationally Modelling The Shape of Stories: A Research Program

I’ll be giving a keynote address to the 4th Workshop on Narrative Understanding at this year‘s NAACL conference. I’m pasting in the abstract below. The motivation behind the talk is that there has been a lot of interesting work over the years exploring how to 

Why? Capturing causal reasoning in narrative

Why? Capturing causal reasoning in narrative

One of the principal reasons we tell stories is to explain why something happened. A story consists of the recounting of a series of events. The causes of those events are often attached to different agents, either more or less explicitly. Narrative is a powerful 

The difference Queer FanFic makes

The difference Queer FanFic makes

Fanfic isn’t all about sex. It’s about connection. Two students in our lab, Nikoo Sarraf and Jennifer Chen, have a new lab collaboration paper out that explores the way queer fanfiction differs from mainstream publishing. As they write in their introduction: Fanfiction is a powerful