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Mining for Creativity: Determining the Creativity of Ideas Through Data Mining Techniques

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Christine A. Toh

University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE

Elizabeth M. Starkey, Conrad S. Tucker, Scarlett R. Miller

Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

Paper No. DETC2017-68304, pp. V007T06A010; 10 pages
  • ASME 2017 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 7: 29th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology
  • Cleveland, Ohio, USA, August 6–9, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5821-9
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


The emergence of ideation methods that generate large volumes of early-phase ideas has led to a need for reliable and efficient metrics for measuring the creativity of these ideas. However, existing methods of human judgment-based creativity assessments, as well as numeric model-based creativity assessment approaches suffer from low reliability and prohibitive computational burdens on human raters due to the high level of human input needed to calculate creativity scores. In addition, there is a need for an efficient method of computing the creativity of large sets of design ideas typically generated during the design process. This paper focuses on developing and empirically testing a machine learning approach for computing design creativity of large sets of design ideas to increase the efficiency and reliability of creativity evaluation methods in design research. The results of this study show that machine learning techniques can predict creativity of ideas with relatively high accuracy and sensitivity. These findings show that machine learning has the potential to be used for rating the creativity of ideas generated based on their descriptions.

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