We describe a method for introducing variations into predefined motion sequences using a chaotic symbol-sequence reordering technique. A progression of symbols representing the body positions in a dance piece, martial arts form, or other motion sequence is mapped onto a chaotic trajectory, establishing a symbolic dynamics that links the movement sequence and the attractor structure. A variation on the original piece is created by generating a trajectory with slightly different initial conditions, inverting the mapping, and using special corpus-based graph-theoretic interpolation schemes to smooth any abrupt transitions. Sensitive dependence guarantees that the variation is different from the original; the attractor structure and the symbolic dynamics guarantee that the two resemble one another in both aesthetic and mathematical senses.
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