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More analogy August 30, 2006

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Going over my lectures, I’ve decided that there isn’t enough room to cover analogy in the time that we’ve allotted, so I’m going to spend some time on it this coming Wednesday as well. For this reason, homework 1’s deadline will be pushed back to Friday.

I’ve also added a new article for Wednesday, which is Dedre Gentner’s article on Structure-Mapping Theory, which was recently listed as one of the 10 most influential articles published in the journal Cognitive Science. Enjoy.

Homework 1 and other items August 27, 2006

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Homework 1 is up in the new homework page. Note that the old homeworks from that page are still available as a subpage if you want to use them for review. This homework will be due a week from Wednesday at the beginning of class.

I’ve also posted last week’s lectures on the readings page. Please note that I’ll be posting the lectures for the week rather than individually for each lecture, partly because this is how it tended to happen last term anyway, and because it makes it easier to print out for review.

Experiments in Categorization August 25, 2006

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Santosh Vempala, a new faculty member here in the College of Computing, is looking for some undergraduate research help with some categorization experiments. As we discussed today, categorization is a key area of cognition and there is lots of exciting research in this area.
I don’t (yet) know much about this particular research, but it looks quite interesting, so I encourage to contact Prof. Vempala if you are interested.

Minimal Mathematical Models For Human Categorization

Faculty Advisors: Rosa Arriaga and Santosh VempalaAreas of Research: Algorithms, Cognition.

Compensation: Credit or Pay.

Job Description:
How do humans learn to categorize complex objects from very few examples? The goal of this project is to test the hypothesis that the brain performs random projection as a preprocessing step to obtain a low-dimensional representation. Students will design stimuli and conduct experiments with humans and neural networks. The results will be used to refine and extend theories of cognitive categorization.

Application Procedure: Send email to one or both of us asap.

Contact email: arriaga AT cc.gatech.edu or vempala AT cc.gatech.edu

A sentence classification project is looking for coders… August 14, 2006

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[Update — the project is now full. Thanks to everyone who responded.]

A local AI company needs a few students to do some sentence encoding work this week. It’s relatively simple work, and if you liked the linguistics portion of the course this should be a snap (and a good chance to make some textbook money). The task is to classify individual sentences from newspaper stories.

A little truth in advertising — my wife is working on this project. 😉

Here are the requirements:

  • Some college education
  • Good computer skills including Microsoft Excel
  • Available for between 25 and 40 hours this week
  • Has a computer with Microsoft Excel or compatible spreadsheet

To follow up on this, please contact allenderL *AT* acm.org with the following information:

1) Your name, address, phone #, and email address
2) How many hours are you available this week?
3) Are you a novice, intermediate or expert with Excel?
4) What do you like about reading the newspaper?
5) What kind of computer do you have?
Again, this is just this week, so you’ll need to act quickly if you want to participate.

A new semester begins… August 14, 2006

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As we approach the beginning of Fall term, let me welcome those of you who will be joining the class. This blog will be the central online gathering place for the Intro to Cognitive Science class. Here you’ll find occasional posts, the reading list (with links to the lectures), homework assignments, and other resources. Enjoy.

We are still transitioning the blog over from Summer term, so some of the pages (such as the homeworks page) aren’t relevant anymore (even if they may give you a good idea of what we’ll be doing this term). Still, kick your shoes off and look around.