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Knowledge Representation by Arthur B. Markman

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Chapter 5

Structured Representations

STRUCTURE IN MENTAL REPRESENTATIONS

What is the scope of a representational element, for example, a representation for the concept robin? If the representation contains the feature red, does this feature describe the whole bird or just part of it? The extent or domain of a representational element is its scope. Every representation I have discussed so far contains some assumptions about the scope of its representational elements.

For the spatial and featural representations discussed in chapters 2 and 3, the scope of the representational elements was implicit. In mental space models, concepts were represented as points in a multidimensional space. In models derived from multidimensional scaling techniques, ...

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