Using Argumentation to Evaluate Concept Blends in Combinatorial Creativity

Roberto Confalonieri, Joseph Corneli, Alison Pease, Enric Plaza, Marco Schorlemmer

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This paper motivates the use of computational argumentation for evaluating ‘concept blends’ and other forms of combinatorial creativity. We exemplify our approach in the domain of computer icon design, where icons are understood as creative artefacts generated through concept blending. We present a semiotic system for representing icons, showing how they can be described in terms of interpretations and how they are related by sign patterns. The interpretation of a sign pattern conveys an intended meaning for an icon. This intended meaning is subjective, and depends on the way concept blending for creating the icon is realised. We show how the intended meaning of icons can be discussed in an explicit and social argumentation process modeled as a dialogue game,
and show examples of these following the style of Lakatos (1976). In this way, we are able to evaluate concept blends through an open-ended and dynamic discussion in which concept blends can be improved and the reasons behind a specific evaluation are made explicit. In the closing section, we explore argumentation and the potential roles that can play at different stages of the concept blending process.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Computational Creativity, Park City, Utah, USA, June 29 - July 2, 2015.
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2015

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