Compositionality in rational analysis: Grammar-based induction for concept learning

Noah D. Goodman, Joshua B. Tenenbaum, Thomas L. Griffiths, Jacob Feldman

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This chapter provides a range of conceptual and technical insights into how this project can be attempted - and goes some way to suggesting that probabilistic methods need not be viewed as inevitably unable to capture the richness and complexity of world knowledge. It argues that structured representations, generated by a formal grammar, can be appropriate units over which probabilistic information can be represented and learned. This topic is likely to be one of the main challenges for probabilistic research in cognitive science and artificial intelligence over the coming decades.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Probabilistic Mind
Subtitle of host publicationProspects for Bayesian cognitive science
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191695971
ISBN (Print)9780199216093
StatePublished - Mar 22 2012
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology


  • Artificial intelligence
  • Cognitive science
  • Concept learning
  • Grammar
  • Knowledge
  • Probabilistic research


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