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Alan Dorin; Korb, Kevin B.: Improbable Creativity. In: Dagstuhl Seminar 09291 2009: Computational Creativity: An Interdisciplinary Approach.



We begin with a number of basic facts about creativity and a brief history of the idea. These provide criteria that any definition of the term should meet and help guide us to a new definition of creativity. This definition is independent of cultural appropriateness or the perceived value of creative objects, ideas which have encumbered previous investigations. We briefly defend our definition against some plausible objections and then explore the ways in which this new definition differs from alternative views, by improving upon them.

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 author =	{Alan Dorin and Kevin B Korb},
 title =	{Improbable Creativity},
 booktitle =	{Computational Creativity: An Interdisciplinary Approach},
 year = 	{2009},
 editor =	{Margaret Boden and Mark D'Inverno and Jon McCormack},
 number =	{09291},
 series =	{Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings},
 ISSN = 	{1862-4405},
 publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik, Germany},
 address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
 URL =		{, },
 annote =	{Keywords: Creativity, mechanism, novelty, complexity, representation.}

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