An interesting read.
Over the past few years scientist have been working to reduce plots of stories into data. On February 4 2015 The Paris Review released an article called “Man In Hole” with the subtitle of “Can a Novel’s Plot Be Reduced to Data Points?” Then on July 12, 2016 The Atlantic put out an article with the title “The Six Main Stories, As Identified by a Computer” and after having gone through these and similar articles and research papers I’ve found its time I weigh in on the matter.
The Paris Review article mentions a man named Matthew Jockers who, at the time of the article was an English professor at the University of Nebraska, did a study on tens of thousands of books. Jockers had a different approach to plot than what some of us writer types might think. Instead of identifying plot as the underlying…
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