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Abstract by Paul Bodily

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Paul Bodily

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Computer Science

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Dan Ventura


Pop*: Using Concept Learning to Compose Lyrical Music


Recent advances in human-level concept learning have achieved new levels of performance for one-shot learning in classifying and generating hand-written characters. Can this approach be used as a general model for creating computer creativity? To test this question we have designed a concept learning approach to the task of lyrical song-writing. Using principles of decomposition and learning-to-learn, our model learns the concept of a lyrical song with sufficient specificity and generalizability to create new songs that exhibit novelty, value, and surprise. The concept learning approach is well-suited for computational creativity given that variables representing inention and meaning are explicitly modeled.