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Recent Readings

Book review: Darwinia
Reviewed: Friday, August 11, 2006

Summer reading: Spin
Reviewed: Saturday, August 5, 2006

Reviewed: Tuesday, July 18, 2006

the Omnivoire's Delimma
Reviewed: Wednesday, July 12, 2006

the Golem's Eye
Reviewed: Wednesday, May 31, 2006


Learning Structured Representations
Lokendra Shastri and Carter Wendelken, 2003 , (Paper URL)
Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Shastri and Wendelken present an ambitious connectionist architecture that can "encode a large body of semantic, episodic and causal knowledge, and rapidly make decisions and perform explanatory and predictive reasoning." My favorite bit is the technique of randomly sampling from the known types and entity spaces while recruiting other unused "nodes" to tie them together. If the connection make sense (has utility), then it will be strengthened over time; otherwise, it will decay. To me, that sounds about right. The authors are also working very hard to biologically motivate their work.

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