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Using theory formation techniques for the invention of fictional concepts

Using theory formation techniques for the invention of fictional concepts

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the fourth international conference on computational creativity, 2013
Subtitle of host publicationICCC 2013 Sydney Australia
EditorsMary Lou Maher, Tony Veale, Rob Saunders, Oliver Brown
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherUniversity of Sydney, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-1-74210-317-4
StatePublished - 2013
EventFourth International Conference on Computational Creativity - Sydney, Australia


ConferenceFourth International Conference on Computational Creativity
Abbreviated titleICCC 2013
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We introduce a novel method for the formation of fictional concepts based on the non-existence conjectures made by the HR automated theory formation system. We further introduce the notion of the typicality of an example with respect to a concept into HR, which leads to methods for ordering fictional concepts with respect to novelty, vagueness and stimulation. To test whether these measures are correlated with the way in which people similarly assess the value of fictional concepts, we ran an experiment to produce thousands of definitions of fictional animals. We then compared the software’s
evaluations of the non-fictional concepts with those obtained through a survey consulting sixty people. The results show that two of the three measures have a correlation with human notions. We report on the experiment, and we compare
our system with the well established method of conceptual blending, which leads to a discussion of automated ideation in future Computational Creativity projects.


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