ERIC Number: ED157038
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Interacting Plans. Technical Report No. 88.
Bruce, Bertram; Newman, Denis
A notation system for the representation of interacting plans of action is presented in this paper and applied in the analysis of a portion of "Hansel and Gretel." The notation system explicates interactions among plans: how cooperation takes place, how conflicts arise and are resolved, how beliefs about plans determine actions, and how differing beliefs and intentions make a story. A major goal is to represent the plot structure of stories about characters who interact. Much of the complexity of such stories arises because the story is about a conflict between the goals of two characters. A person in conflict with another may try to conceal a conflict or to deceive the other into acting in a particular way. A character may thus construct a plan that is intended to be believed by the other but that is not actually carried out. Such a "virtual plan" plays a central role in "Hansel and Gretel." Deception and differing beliefs of this kind are a common feature of stories in which characters interact. (Author/AA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Center for the Study of Reading.; Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Inc., Cambridge, MA.