A Discussion on Serendipity in Creative Systems

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Alison Pease, Simon Colton, Ramin Ramezani, John Charnley and Kate Reed: A Discussion on Serendipity in Creative Systems. In: Computational Creativity 2013 ICCC 2013, 64-71.



We investigate serendipity, or happy, accidental discover- ies, in CC, and propose computational concepts related to serendipity. These include a focus-shift, a breakdown of serendipitous discovery into prepared mind, serendipity trig- ger, bridge and result and three dimensions of serendipity: chance, sagacity and value. We propose a definition and stan- dards for computational serendipity and evaluate three cre- ative systems with respect to our standards. We argue that this is an important notion in creativity and, if carefully de- veloped and used with caution, could result in a valuable new discovery technique in CC.

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author = {Alison Pease, Simon Colton, Ramin Ramezani, John Charnley and Kate Reed},
title = {A Discussion on Serendipity in Creative Systems},
editor = {Simon Colton, Dan Ventura, Nada Lavrač, Michael Cook},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Computational Creativity},
series = {ICCC2013},
year = {2013},
month = {Jun},
location = {Sydney, New South Wales, Australia},
pages = {64-71},
url = {http://www.computationalcreativity.net/iccc2013/download/iccc2013-pease-et-al.pdf, http://de.evo-art.org/index.php?title=A_Discussion_on_Serendipity_in_Creative_Systems },
publisher = {International Association for Computational Creativity},
keywords = {computational, creativity},

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