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ThinkMind // COGNITIVE 2014, The Sixth International Conference on Advanced Cognitive Technologies and Applications // View article cognitive_2014_12_30_40185


Is Word Generalization for Novel Concepts Modelled by Similarity or by Formal Concepts?

Authors:
Sujith Thomas
Harish Karnick

Keywords: Human Word Learning; Hypothesis Space; Word Generalization; Formal Concepts; Object Similarity.

Abstract:
In this paper, we conduct two word learning experiments to study the human word learning and generalization behaviour. The participants are shown abstract figures that form the positive examples of a word concept. All the positive examples have a common defining feature. The participants are then asked whether the word applies to various test examples. We vary several independent variables across our two word learning experiments. Our results show that the word generalization behaviour is based on the similarity of a test example with the positive examples of a word. The generalization behaviour is not based on the defining features. This is true even when enough examples exist from which the defining features can be inferred.

Pages: 274 to 280

Copyright: Copyright (c) IARIA, 2014

Publication date: May 25, 2014

Published in: conference

ISSN: 2308-4197

ISBN: 978-1-61208-340-7

Location: Venice, Italy

Dates: from May 25, 2014 to May 29, 2014

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