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Fitness and Novelty in Evolutionary Art

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In this paper the effects of introducing novelty search in evolutionary art are explored. Our algorithm combines fitness and novelty metrics to frame image evolution as a multi-objective optimisation problem, promoting the creation of images that are both suitable and diverse. The method is illustrated by using two evolutionary art engines for the evolution of figurative objects and context free design grammars. The results demonstrate the ability of the algorithm to obtain a larger set of fit images compared to traditional fitness-based evolution, regardless of the engine used.

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    In the context of the present paper, novelty means phenotypic diversity.


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The project ConCreTe acknowledges the financial support of the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) programme within the Seventh Framework Programme for Research of the European Commission, under FET grant number 611733. This research is also partially funded by: Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT), Portugal, under the grant SFRH/BD/90968/2012. The authors also acknowledge the feedback provided by the blind reviewers of this paper.

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Vinhas, A., Assunção, F., Correia, J., Ekárt, A., Machado, P. (2016). Fitness and Novelty in Evolutionary Art. In: Johnson, C., Ciesielski, V., Correia, J., Machado, P. (eds) Evolutionary and Biologically Inspired Music, Sound, Art and Design. EvoMUSART 2016. Lecture Notes in Computer Science(), vol 9596. Springer, Cham.

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