The Candide model: How narratives emerge where observations meet beliefs

Paul Van Eecke, Lara Verheyen, Tom Willaert, Katrien Beuls

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Abstract

This paper presents the Candide model as a computational architecture for modelling human-like, narrative-based language understanding. The model starts from the idea that narratives emerge through the process of interpreting novel linguistic observations, such as utterances, paragraphs and texts, with respect to previously acquired knowledge and beliefs. Narratives are personal, as they are rooted in past experiences, and constitute perspectives on the world that might motivate different interpretations of the same observations. Concretely, the Candide model operationalises this idea by dynamically modelling the belief systems and background knowledge of individual agents, updating these as new linguistic observations come in, and exposing them to a logic reasoning engine that reveals the possible sources of divergent interpretations. Apart from introducing the foundational ideas, we also present a proof-of-concept implementation that demonstrates the approach through a number of illustrative examples.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication5th Workshop on Narrative Understanding, WNU 2023 - Proceedings of the Workshop
EditorsNader Akoury, Elizabeth Clark, Mohit Iyyer, Snigdha Chaturvedi, Faeze Brahman, Khyathi Raghavi Chandu
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics
Pages48-57
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781959429920
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventThe 61st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics - Toronto, Canada
Duration: 9 Jul 202314 Jul 2023
Conference number: 61
https://2023.aclweb.org

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics
ISSN (Print)0736-587X

Conference

ConferenceThe 61st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics
Abbreviated titleACL 2023
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityToronto
Period9/07/2314/07/23
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Keywords

  • language understanding
  • reasoning
  • personal dynamic memory

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