Using theory formation techniques for the invention of fictional concepts

Flaminia Cavello, Alison Pease, Jeremy Gow, Simon Colton

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    Abstract

    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.
    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
    Pages176-183
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)978-1-74210-317-4
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventFourth International Conference on Computational Creativity - University of Sydney, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning., Sydney, Australia
    Duration: 12 Jun 201314 Jun 2013
    http://www.computationalcreativity.net/iccc2013/

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    ConferenceFourth International Conference on Computational Creativity
    Abbreviated titleICCC 2013
    CountryAustralia
    CitySydney
    Period12/06/1314/06/13
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    Cavello, F., Pease, A., Gow, J., & Colton, S. (2013). Using theory formation techniques for the invention of fictional concepts. In M. L. Maher, T. Veale, R. Saunders, & O. Brown (Eds.), Proceedings of the fourth international conference on computational creativity, 2013: ICCC 2013 Sydney Australia (pp. 176-183). Sydney: University of Sydney, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning.
    Cavello, Flaminia ; Pease, Alison ; Gow, Jeremy ; Colton, Simon. / Using theory formation techniques for the invention of fictional concepts. Proceedings of the fourth international conference on computational creativity, 2013: ICCC 2013 Sydney Australia. editor / Mary Lou Maher ; Tony Veale ; Rob Saunders ; Oliver Brown. Sydney : University of Sydney, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, 2013. pp. 176-183
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    Cavello, F, Pease, A, Gow, J & Colton, S 2013, Using theory formation techniques for the invention of fictional concepts. in ML Maher, T Veale, R Saunders & O Brown (eds), Proceedings of the fourth international conference on computational creativity, 2013: ICCC 2013 Sydney Australia. University of Sydney, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, Sydney, pp. 176-183, Fourth International Conference on Computational Creativity, Sydney, Australia, 12/06/13.

    Using theory formation techniques for the invention of fictional concepts. / Cavello, Flaminia; Pease, Alison; Gow, Jeremy; Colton, Simon.

    Proceedings of the fourth international conference on computational creativity, 2013: ICCC 2013 Sydney Australia. ed. / Mary Lou Maher; Tony Veale; Rob Saunders; Oliver Brown. Sydney : University of Sydney, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, 2013. p. 176-183.

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    Cavello F, Pease A, Gow J, Colton S. Using theory formation techniques for the invention of fictional concepts. In Maher ML, Veale T, Saunders R, Brown O, editors, Proceedings of the fourth international conference on computational creativity, 2013: ICCC 2013 Sydney Australia. Sydney: University of Sydney, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning. 2013. p. 176-183