Paper: Understanding and Quantifying Creativity in Lexical Composition

ACL ID D13-1124
Title Understanding and Quantifying Creativity in Lexical Composition
Venue Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
Session Main Conference
Year 2013
Authors

Why do certain combinations of words such as ?disadvantageous peace? or ?metal to the petal? appeal to our minds as interesting ex- pressions with a sense of creativity, while other phrases such as ?quiet teenager?, or ?geometrical base? not as much? We present statistical explorations to understand the char- acteristics of lexical compositions that give rise to the perception of being original, inter- esting, and at times even artistic. We first ex- amine various correlates of perceived creativ- ity based on information theoretic measures and the connotation of words, then present ex- periments based on supervised learning that give us further insights on how different as- pects of lexical composition collectively con- tribute to the perceived creativity.