Venkat Ajjanagadde

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This paper deals with three distinctions pertaining to knowledge representation, namely, the rules vs facts distinction, roles vs llers distinction , and predicates vs types distinction. Though these distinctions may indeed have some intuitive appeal, the exact natures of these distinctions are not entirely clear. This paper discusses some of the problems(More)
This paper deals with three distinctions pertaining to knowledge representation, namely, the rules vs facts distinction, roles vs fillers distinction , and predicates vs types distinction. Though these distinctions may indeed have some intuitive appeal, the exact natures of these distinctions are not entirely clear. This paper discusses some of the problems(More)
McCarthy has observed that the representational power of most connectionist systems is restricted to unary predicates applied to a fixed object. More recently, Fodor and Pylyshyn have made a sweeping claim that connectionist systems cannot incorporate systematicity and compositionality. These comments suggest that representing structured knowledge in a(More)
Human agents draw a variety of inferences effortlessly, spontaneously, and with remarkable efficiency-as though these inferences are a reflex response of their cognitive apparatus. The work presented in this paper is a step toward a computational account of this remarkable reasoning ability. We describe how a connectionist system made up of simple and slow(More)
To my parents and Amy iii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS First and foremost, I would like to thank my advisor Professor Lokendra Shastri for his steadfast encouragement and guidance during the long journey towards the completion of this dissertation. I wish to thank my dissertation committee members, Dr. Greg Provan, Dr. Ruzena Bajcsy and Dr. Ruud Bolle of the IBM T.J.(More)
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