Processes Of Inference

Two psychologists, a computer scientist, and a philosopher have collaborated to present a framework for understanding processes of inductive reasoning and learning in organisms and machines. Theirs is the first major effort to bring the ideas of several disciplines to bear on a subject that has been a topic of investigation since the time of Socrates. The result is an integrated account that treats problem solving and induction in terms of rule­based mental models.

Induction is included in the Computational Models of Cognition and Perception Series.

A Bradford Book

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. 1. A Framework for Induction
  4. 2. Rule-Base Mental Models
  5. 3. The Modification of Rules
  6. 4. Computational Implementation of Inductive Systems
  7. 5. Conditioning and Covariation Detection
  8. 6. Category Formation
  9. 7. Modeling the Physical and Social Worlds
  10. 8. Generalization and Knowledge of Variability
  11. 9. Learning Inferential Rules
  12. 10. Analogy
  13. 11. Scientific Discovery
  14. 12. Epilogue: Toward a Theory of Induction
  15. References
  16. Appendix
  17. Index