Nehovah: A Neologism Creator Nomen Ipsum

author: Dan Ventura, Computer Science Department, Brigham Young University
published: Aug. 8, 2014,   recorded: June 2014,   views: 1895


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In this paper, we describe a system called Nehovah that generates neologisms from a set of base words provided by a user. Nehovah focuses on creating “good” neologisms by evaluating various attributes of a neologism such as how well it communicates the source concepts and how “catchy” it is. Because Nehovah depends on the user to weight the importance of various attributes of the neologism and to choose the source concepts, it is at this point most appropriately considered a collaborative system rather than an autonomous one. To demonstrate the utility of the system, we show several examples of system output and discuss the creativity of Nehovah with respect to several characteristics critical for any computational creative system: appreciation, imagination, skill and accountability.

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