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The processing of associations versus the processing of relations and symbols: A systematic comparison

Phillips, S. and Halford, G. S. and Wilson, W. H. (1995) The processing of associations versus the processing of relations and symbols: A systematic comparison. [Conference Paper]

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Abstract

A mathematical basis is proposed for the distinction between associative and relational (symbolic) processing. Associations can be contrasted with relations in terms of ordered pairs versus general ordered N-tuples, and unidirectional access versus omnidirectional access. Relations also have additional properties: they can exhibit predicate-argument bindings, they can be arguments to higher-order structures, and they can participate in operations of selection, projection, join, union, intersection, and difference. Relations can be used to represent structures such as lists, trees and graphs, and relational instances can be thought of as propositions. Within neural net architectures, feedforward networks can be identified with associative proceessing, and tensor product networks with relational processing. Relations have the essential properties of symbolic processing; flexibility, accessibility, and utility for repesenting complex data structures.

Item Type:Conference Paper
Keywords:relations, associations, omnidirectional, unidirectional, arity, feedforward networks, tensor networks, balance scale
Subjects:Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Computer Science > Neural Nets
ID Code:764
Deposited By:Phillips, Steven
Deposited On:09 Dec 1998
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:54

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