Thinking Pattern in Concept Synthesis (2): Complexity of the Thinking Process

  • Toshiharu Taura
  • Yukari Nagai


In this chapter, we conduct a computer simulation in order to capture the characteristics or patterns in concept synthesis, which may lead to a creative design idea. This approach employs a research framework called constructive simulation, which may be effective in investigating the generation of a concept—a process which is difficult to observe externally or internally. In the simulation, first, the virtual concept synthesis process is constructed on a semantic network by tracing the relationships between its governing concepts. Next, the relevance of the constructed process is confirmed by using its network structure. The statistical results indicate that the thinking process in which both explicit and ‘inexplicit’ concepts are ‘intricately intertwined’ may lead to a creative design idea.


Semantic Network Thinking Process Design Idea Relevant Situation Originality Score 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Toshiharu Taura
    • 1
  • Yukari Nagai
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringKobe UniversityKobeJapan
  2. 2.School of Knowledge ScienceJapan Advanced Institute of Science and TechnologyNomiJapan

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