Related Word Lists Effective in Creativity Support


IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E90-D   No.10   pp.1509-1515
Publication Date: 2007/10/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
DOI: 10.1093/ietisy/e90-d.10.1509
Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Knowledge, Information and Creativity Support System)
creativity support,  thematic relation,  knowledge extraction,  information retrieval,  

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Expansion of imagination is crucial for lively creativity. However, such expansion is sometimes rather difficult and an environment which supports creativity is required. Because people can attain higher creativity by using words with a thematic relation rather than words with a taxonomical relation, we tried to extract word lists having thematic relations among words. We first extracted word lists from domain specific documents by utilizing inclusive relations between words based on a modifiee/modifier relationship in documents. Next, from the extracted word lists, we removed the word lists having taxonomical relations so as to obtain only word lists having thematic relations. Finally, based on the assumption what kind of knowledge a person can associate when he/she looks at a set of words correlates with how the word set is effective in creativity support, we examined whether the word lists direct us to informative pages on the Web for verifying the availability of our extracted word lists.