Cognitive development as a computational challenge: the grammar analogy

Josh Tenenbaum
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Brain and Cog Sc, CS, and AI

I will discuss some of the computational problems of knowledge acquisition that arise in cognitive development, with a focus on the problem of learning intuitive theories of the world's category structure and causal texture. I will draw an analogy between intuitive theories and grammars for language, which extends to thinking about how intuitive theories are used to "parse" experienced events into structural descriptions, and how intuitive theories might be acquired through a kind of "grammar induction". This talk will serve as a bridge between the morning session on grammar induction in vision and language, and the afternoon session on modeling the growth of intuitive theories in human cognitive development.

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