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Knowledge Representation by Arthur B. Markman

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Chapter 2

Spatial Representations: What Do We Mean by Space?

WHAT DO WE MEAN BY SPACE?

In this chapter, the tour of types of psychological representations begins with a focus on spatial representations. A spatial representation has a representing world that incorporates a notion of space in it. Although the representing world is a space, the represented world need not be a space. Indeed, in many of the examples in this chapter, the represented world is not space, but rather concepts or word meanings. In addition to thinking about how space can be used as a representation, I also examine the processes that can be applied to a spatial representation.

What is meant by spatial representation? First, think about the notion of a space. From where I ...

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