changed irregularly. For example, when analysts tried to discover latent relationships among the ideas in situation (c), but they spent insufficient time for analyzing the central ideas in situation (a), an unexpected "equivalent idea" facilitated analysts to go back to previous situations for re-understanding the central ideas more carefully and changed their situations (c) to (a).
Most new ideas emerged when analysts encountered the necessity of reconstructing their understanding in various ways, including the discovery of previously unknown combinations of the ideas. In particular, "analogous idea" suggestions within the analysts' focus and "stimulating idea" suggestions outside of the analysts' focus were effective in facilitating analysts' processes for creating new ideas.
In this paper, we proposed a new methodology for facilitating the processes whereby humans and computer systems develop new ideas collaboratively. We developed an experimental system based on the methodology. To improve our intelligent support environment, it is essential that we focus on enhancements of our inductive learning mechanism, such as GP/CBR integration and creation of psychological framework of analysts' dynamic processes in the creative stage in our future studies.
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