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Creativity metric for written text

Posted in Uncategorized on May 6, 2010 by Venkata Subramanian Mahalingam

I have uploaded the report, poster, presentation and also the source code of my creativity metric project at

The tar ball with the source code also has a README.txt describing usage. Play around with it and give me your feedback at venki [at] gatech [dot] edu


Project Proposal: A new metric for creativity in written text

Posted in Uncategorized on March 10, 2010 by Venkata Subramanian Mahalingam

I have come up with a notion of “dispersion of concepts” that is seen in a written text which can then be used to quantify how creative a piece of writing is. In a boring text, like a manual, usually revolves around few concepts. Whereas, in a fantasy story/novel (lord of the rings, for example), there is a wide variety of concepts and ideas which are also disparate.

Based on this idea and using tools like WordNet, Wikipedia, Google Maps and Google search I set out to write a computer program that will measure how creative a piece of writing is.

You can find my class presentation here: New Metric for written text creativity

Constraints and Creativity

Posted in 02.Design and the Play Instinct with tags , on January 21, 2010 by Venkata Subramanian Mahalingam

Constraints, to me, is a very interesting topic. From the past, I’ve seen through my experiences, the (good) effect  constraints have.

You know what they say – If it does not break you, it makes you stronger.

I would like to hear about what you think are some examples of the formal constraints that shape art.

1. Iambic Pentameter (to create sonnets) –

2. Venpa – one of the many tamil poetic forms and expressible as a context free grammar!

3. Mathematics!

4. Programming

5. Western Classical music – (as i understand) music is not playing any random frequency, but choosing from 12 frequencies (monochormatic scale) and their octaves. Even in this, a piece of music is usually made up of only a subset of these frequencies… (pentatonic, ditonic)… It is interesting to note that major scales give a happy feel and the minor ones give a sad feel!

Overall – I believe that constraints are not stifling, but give a grounding for expression.

AARON raises questions

Posted in Uncategorized on January 20, 2010 by Venkata Subramanian Mahalingam

1. How does an art critque differentiate between good modern art and say, random painting by a layman? Can there be a “turing test” equivalent for AARON?

2. What if AARON also learns from the outcome of his painting? Can it improve?

3. What are the other art forms for which AARON like programs can be created?