Creativity and Markov Decision Processes

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Creativity is already regularly attributed to AI systems outside specialised computational creativity (CC) communities. However, the evaluation of creativity in AI at large typically lacks grounding in creativity theory, which can promote inappropriate attributions and limit the analysis of creative behaviour. While CC researchers have translated psychological theory into formal models, the value of these models is limited by a gap to common AI frameworks. To mitigate this limitation, we identify formal mappings between Boden's process theory of creativity and Markov Decision Processes (MDPs), using the Creative Systems Framework as a stepping stone. We study three out of eleven mappings in detail to understand which types of creative processes, opportunities for (aberrations), and threats to creativity (uninspiration) could be observed in an MDP. We conclude by discussing quality criteria for the selection of such mappings for future work and applications.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 15th International Conference on Computational Creativity (ICCC 2024)
PublisherAssociation for Computational Creativity
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2024
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Computational Creativity - Jönköping, Sweden
Duration: 17 Jun 202421 Jun 2024
Conference number: 15


ConferenceInternational Conference on Computational Creativity
Abbreviated titleICCC
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