Ware S.G., Young R.M., Harrison B., Roberts D.L. (2012) Four Quantitative Metrics Describing Narrative Conflict. In: Oyarzun D., Peinado F., Young R.M., Elizalde A., Méndez G. (eds) Interactive Storytelling. ICIDS 2012. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 7648. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
Conflict is an essential element of interesting stories. In previous work, we proposed a formal model of narrative conflict along with 4 quantitative dimensions which can be used to distinguish one conflict from another based on context: balance, directness, intensity, and resolution. This paper presents the results of an experiment designed to measure how well these metrics predict the responses of human readers when asked to measure these same values in a set of four stories. We conclude that our metrics are able to rank stories similarly to human readers for each of these four dimensions.