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[EMOXG] Challenge: plug in different categories etc. into EmotionML

From: Marc Schroeder <schroed@dfki.de>
Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2008 17:42:28 +0100
Message-ID: <47AC8674.50802@dfki.de>
To: EMOXG-public <public-xg-emotion@w3.org>

As agreed during last phone conference (ACTION-12), I try to describe 
what I see as an important challenge towards the definition of an 
emotion markup language. I'll be very curious to see to what extent the 
solutions that are possible in XML, RDF and OWL differ.


"Custom descriptor challenge"

Let us assume that John is a user of our future Emotion Markup Language. 
John wants to annotate some content (photos of faces taken in real-life 
situations, say in a subway) with emotion-related information.

1) Initially, John wants to use two types of coarse descriptors:
	a) Emotion categories following Ekman's earlier work, i.e. the "big 
six" categories: anger, fear, sadness, surprise, disgust, joy
	b) Emotion dimensions following Fontaine et al.: evaluation, potency, 
activation, unpredictability.

Let us assume that we as EmotionML specifiers have provided several 
"default" sets of categories and dimensions centrally, so all John 
should have to do in his document at stage (1) is to refer to these 
centrally defined sets from his document.

2) After working with the data for a while, John feels the "big six" 
categories don't quite fit his needs.
a) instead of the "big six", he wants to define, and use, a custom set 
of "subway emotions": stressed, scared, in-a-hurry, relaxed, friendly

b) he feels the dimensions are OK, so he still wants to refer to the 
centrally-defined dimensions

3) After refining his analyses further, John wants to replace also the 
dimensions with a custom set:

a) categories: custom "subway emotions"
b) custom dimensions: socially-open, degree-of-time-pressure

In each case, it should be possible for John to indicate clearly where 
he is taking his labels from, so that it is possible to verify that his 
documents are valid with respect to the specification.
Ideally, it should not be necessary to define new "dialects" of the 
language as we had done with EARL [1], but it would be sufficient to 
refer to a set of categories or dimensions, which *instantiate* or 
*subclass* a generic concept of "EmotionML category set" or "EmotionML 
dimension set".

[1] http://emotion-research.net/earl/schemadesign#SchemaDialects

Dr. Marc Schröder, Senior Researcher at DFKI GmbH
Coordinator EU FP7 Project SEMAINE http://www.semaine-project.eu
Chair W3C Emotion ML Incubator http://www.w3.org/2005/Incubator/emotion
Portal Editor http://emotion-research.net
Team Leader DFKI Speech Group http://mary.dfki.de
Project Leader DFG project PAVOQUE http://mary.dfki.de/pavoque

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