Spatial metaphors provide primitives for latent space navigation

In a latent space, related concepts are geometrically close to each other. What’s more, conceptual parallels show up as geometrical parallels. Physical and conceptual spaces are coded in the same region, which supports this spatial reasoning. Based on this spatial metaphor of concepts, one can use the following primitives for navigating the latent space in a meaningful way, among others.

  • Field: find concepts which are close to a given concept.
  • Mix: find concepts which are close to the center of some given concepts.
  • Span: find concepts located along the line between two given concepts.
  • Shift: determine the directed difference in location between two given concepts.
  • Match: find constellations of concepts which match the shape of a given constellation of concepts.