Correlation Between Human Aesthetic Judgement and Spatial Complexity Measure

Javaheri Javid, Mohammed Ali; Blackwell, Tim; Zimmer, Robert and al-Rifaie, Mohammad Majid. 2016. Correlation Between Human Aesthetic Judgement and Spatial Complexity Measure. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 9596, pp. 79-91. ISSN 0302-9743 [Article]

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The quantitative evaluation of order and complexity conforming with human intuitive perception has been at the core of computational notions of aesthetics. Informational theories of aesthetics have taken advantage of entropy in measuring order and complexity of stimuli in relation to their aesthetic value. However entropy fails to discriminate structurally different patterns in a 2D plane. This paper investigates a computational measure of complexity, which is then compared to a results from a previous experimental study on human aesthetic perception in the visual domain. The model is based on the information gain from specifying the spacial distribution of pixels and their uniformity and non-uniformity in an image. The results of the experiments demonstrate the presence of correlations between a spatial complexity measure and the way in which humans are believed to aesthetically appreciate asymmetry. However the experiments failed to provide a significant correlation between the measure and aesthetic judgements of symmetrical images.

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EvoMUSART 2016: Evolutionary and Biologically Inspired Music, Sound, Art and Design - Proceedings of the International Conference on Evolutionary and Biologically Inspired Music and Art


Human aesthetic judgements, Spatial complexity, Information theory, Symmetry Complexity

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17 March 2016Published

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21 Mar 2016 09:45

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