We present an analysis of the work of human participants in addressing design problems by analogy. We describe a computer program, called Galatea, that simulates the visual input and output of four experimental participants. Since Galatea is an operational computer program, it makes specific commitments about the visual representations and reasoning it uses for analogical transfer. In particular, Galatea provides a computational model of how human designers might be generating new designs by incremental transfer of the problem-solving procedure used in previous design cases.

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Keywords Analogy, Artificial intelligence, Case-based reasoning, Cognitive modeling, Design, Diagrammatic reasoning, Transfer, Visual reasoning
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cogsys.2008.09.006
Journal Cognitive Systems Research
Davies, J, Goel, A.K. (Ashok K.), & Nersessian, N.J. (Nancy J.). (2009). A computational model of visual analogies in design. Cognitive Systems Research, 10(3), 204–215. doi:10.1016/j.cogsys.2008.09.006