Imagining Imagination: A Computational Framework Using Associative Memory Models and Vector Space Models

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Derrall Heath, Aaron Dennis and Dan Ventura: Imagining Imagination: A Computational Framework Using Associative Memory Models and Vector Space Models. In: Computational Creativity 2015 ICCC 2015, 244-251.



Imagination is considered an important component of the creative process, and many psychologists agree that imagination is based on our perceptions, experiences, and conceptual knowledge, recombining them into novel ideas and impressions never before experienced. As an attempt to model this account of imagination, we introduce the Associative Conceptual Imagination (ACI) framework that uses associative memory models in conjunction with vector space models. ACI is a framework for learning conceptual knowledge and then learning associations between those concepts and artifacts, which facilitates imagining and then creating new and interesting artifacts. We discuss the implications of this framework, its creative potential, and possible ways to implement it in practice. We then demonstrate an initial prototype that can imagine and then generate simple images.

Extended Abstract


 author = {Heath, Derrall and Dennis, Aaron and Ventura, Dan},
 title = {Imagining Imagination: A Computational Framework Using Associative Memory Models and Vector Space Models},
 booktitle = {Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Computational Creativity},
 series = {ICCC2015},
 year = {2015},
 month = {Jun},
 location = {Park City, Utah, USA},
 pages = {244-251},
 url = { },
 publisher = {International Association for Computational Creativity},
 keywords = {computational, creativity},

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