Using Analogical Mapping to Simulate Time-Course Phenomena in Perceptual Similarity

  • Posted on: 15 November 2013
  • By: Eyal Sagi
TitleUsing Analogical Mapping to Simulate Time-Course Phenomena in Perceptual Similarity
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsLovett, A, Forbus, K, Gentner, D, Sagi, E
JournalCognitive Systems Research
Volume10
Pagination216-228
Abstract

We present a computational model of visual similarity. The model is based upon the idea that perceptual comparisons may utilize the same mapping processes as are used in analogy. We use the Structure Mapping Engine (SME), a model of Gentner’s structure-mapping theory of analogy, to perform comparison on representations that are automatically generated from visual input. By encoding visual scenes incrementally and sampling the output of SME at multiple stages in its processing, we are able to model not only the output of similarity judgments, but the time course of the comparison process. We demonstrate the model’s effectiveness by replicating the results from three psychological studies that bear on the time course of comparison.

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