Graduation Year


Document Type

Open Access Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Computer Science

Reader 1

Peter Mawhorter

Reader 2

Nancy Macko

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Context Free Design Grammar (CFDG) is a programming language for defining recursive structures that can be used to create art. I use CFDG as a design space for genetic programming, experimenting with various options for crossover, mutation, and fitness. In this exploratory work, multiple generations are manually assessed to determine the usefulness of the mutation strategies and fitness functions. I find that simple value mutation and fitness that alters general program structure is not enough to produce an increase of interesting images in CFDG. I discuss these findings as well as future avenues of inquiry for genetic programming in artistic domains.