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Paper w78-1999-2640:
Exploring and comparing designs: the same game?

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Woodbury R F, Datta S, Chan T-W, Burrow A L

Exploring and comparing designs: the same game?

Abstract:Design space explorers are computer programs that play on an exploration metaphor to support design. They assist designers in creating alternative designs by structuring the process of design creation in a space of alternatives. Subsidiary metaphors relevant to design space explorers are generation, navigation and re-use. The SEED project has developed a knowledge-level representation for a design space explorer. This paper sketches typed feature structures as a formal system in which a design space explorer and its knowledge level might be implemented. First, informal and abstract properties of typed feature structures suffice to build a sketch of the behaviour of a design space explorer. Second, using an example based on single-fronted cottages (a common Australian housing type), we outline the typed feature structure machinery most relevant to design space exploration. Finally we argue that the same mechanisms that enable design space exploration are applicable to evaluation.

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Series:w78:1999 (browse)
Cluster:papers of the same cluster (result of machine made clusters)
Class:class.analysis (0.028523) class.software-machine (0.005596) class.bestPractise (0.005568)
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Permission to reproduce these papers has been graciously provided by the Research Press of the National Research Council of Canada. The support of the editors, particularly Dr. Dana Vanier, is gratefully appreciated.

 

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