Empirical Evidence for Markov Chain Monte Carlo in Memory Search

@inproceedings{Bourgin2014EmpiricalEF,
  title={Empirical Evidence for Markov Chain Monte Carlo in Memory Search},
  author={David Bourgin and Joshua T. Abbott and Thomas L. Griffiths and Kevin A. Smith and Ed Vul},
  booktitle={CogSci},
  year={2014}
}
Previous theoretical work has proposed the use of Markov chain Monte Carlo as a model of exploratory search in memory. In the current study we introduce such a model and evaluate it on a semantic network against human performance on the Remote Associates Test (RAT), a commonly used creativity metric. We find that a family of search models closely resembling the Metropolis-Hastings algorithm is capable of reproducing many of the response patterns evident when human participants are asked to… CONTINUE READING
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