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CharacterChat : Supporting the Creation of Fictional Characters through Conversation and Progressive Manifestation with a Chatbot

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Schmitt, Oliver ; Buschek, Daniel:
CharacterChat : Supporting the Creation of Fictional Characters through Conversation and Progressive Manifestation with a Chatbot.
2021
Event: Creativity and Cognition , 22.06.-23.06.2021 , Online.
(Conference item: Conference , Paper )
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3450741.3465253

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We present CharacterChat, a concept and chatbot to support writers in creating fictional characters. Concretely, writers progressively turn the bot into their imagined character through conversation. We iteratively developed CharacterChat in a user-centred approach, starting with a survey on character creation with writers (N=30), followed by two qualitative user studies (N=7 and N=8). Our prototype combines two modes: (1) Guided prompts help writers define character attributes (e.g. User: “Your name is Jane.”), including suggestions for attributes (e.g. Bot: “What is my main motivation?”) and values, realised as a rule-based system with a concept network. (2) Open conversation with the chatbot helps writers explore their character and get inspiration, realised with a language model that takes into account the defined character attributes. Our user studies reveal benefits particularly for early stages of character creation, and challenges due to limited conversational capabilities. We conclude with lessons learned and ideas for future work.

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Item Type: Conference item (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: creative writing; co-creative AI; mixed initiative; creativity support tool; storytelling
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Mathematics, Physics und Computer Science > Department of Computer Science
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Faculties > Faculty of Mathematics, Physics und Computer Science
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 000 Computer Science, information, general works > 004 Computer science
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2021 11:50
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2021 11:50
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/66424