Foundations Of Cognitive Science

Spontaneous Generalization

Connectionist networks may be designed so that they can retrieve information from cues that are too vague to match a particular memory and provide a generalized picture of what is common to the memories that match the cues. Thus the network has the ability to generalize about classes of memories as part of its architecture.


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