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Connectionist and symbolic Information Processing: A Critical Analysis and Suggested Research Agenda for Connectionism from the symbolic Perspective

Metzler, Douglas P (1990) Connectionist and symbolic Information Processing: A Critical Analysis and Suggested Research Agenda for Connectionism from the symbolic Perspective. Technical Report. School of Library and Information Science, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.

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Abstract

Connectionism (also known as parallel distributed processing) has generated a great deal of interest in recent years and has even been presented and/or for the entire cognitive paradigm of cognitive science.This paper reviews some of the reasons for this interest. It also reviews some of the basic requirements for any theory of cognition and the reasons for which it is believed that any system capable of general cognition must, at some level, be capable of symbolic computation. It is suggested therefore, that any hope for connectionism to deal with general cognitive functionality will require connectionist solutions for a number of computational properties that are associated with symbolic computation, and that, in effect, it will require a connectionist implementation of a symbolic architecture. A general suggestion is offered regarding what such a connectionist implementation would require. This suggestion is based on the general need for modularity of system design and the consequent nees for coherent, and therefore interpretable, forms of communication between modules. Suggestions for how to undertake the development of such systems are discussed, as are the difficulties involved in these approaches.


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Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
Status: Published
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Metzler, Douglas P
Monograph Type: Technical Report
Date: 1990
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: School of Library and Information Science, University of Pittsburgh
Place of Publication: Pittsburgh, PA
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Department: School of Library and Information Science
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: No
University of Pittsburgh Series: iSchool Research Report Series
Other ID: LIS031/IS90009
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2013 17:32
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2018 00:55
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18310

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