Role of Simplicity in Creative Behaviour: The Case of the Poietic Generator

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Antoine Saillenfest, Jean-Louis Dessalles and Olivier Auber: Role of Simplicity in Creative Behaviour: The Case of the Poietic Generator. In: Computational Creativity 2016 ICCC 2016, 33-40



We propose to apply Simplicity Theory (ST) to model interest in creative situations. ST has been designed to describe and predict interest in communication. Here we use ST to derive a decision rule that we apply to a simplified version of a creative game, the Poietic Generator. The decision rule produces what can be regarded as an elementary form of creativity. This study is meant as a proof of principle. It suggests that some creative actions may be motivated by the search for unexpected simplicity.

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 author = {Antoine Saillenfest, Jean-Louis Dessalles and Olivier Auber},
 title = {Role of Simplicity in Creative Behaviour: The Case of the Poietic Generator},
 booktitle = {Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Computational Creativity},
 series = {ICCC2016},
 year = {2016},
 month = {Jun-July},
 location = {Paris, France},
 pages = {33-40},
 url = { },
 publisher = {Sony CSL Paris},

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