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Gary McGraw & Douglas R. Hofstadter. (1993) Perception and Creation of Alphabetic Style. In Artificial Intelligence and Creativity: Papers from the 1993 Spring Symposium, AAAI Technical Report SS-93-01, AAAI Press.

Author of the summary: Patrawadee Prasangsit, 1999, pp@cc.gatech.edu

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This paper models how the 26 lowercase letters of the roman alphabet can be rendered in many different but internally coherent styles.

Fluid concept is the belief that creativity is an automatic outcome of the existence of sufficiently flexible and context-sensitive concepts.

The Letter Spirit program contains four global memory structures, each concerned with different levels of concreteness and abstraction of shapes (and concepts pertaining to shapes).  They are:

In designing an alphabet style (a.k.a. spirit), the process consists of four interacting components. In other words, the four components can be viewed as designer, realizer, evaluator, and global evaluator, respectively.

Here is an example of how these four components work together to design a style.

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