Flexible shaping: how learning in small steps helps.

@article{Krueger2009FlexibleSH,
  title={Flexible shaping: how learning in small steps helps.},
  author={Kai A. Krueger and Peter Dayan},
  journal={Cognition},
  year={2009},
  volume={110 3},
  pages={380-94}
}
Humans and animals can perform much more complex tasks than they can acquire using pure trial and error learning. This gap is filled by teaching. One important method of instruction is shaping, in which a teacher decomposes a complete task into sub-components, thereby providing an easier path to learning. Despite its importance, shaping has not been substantially studied in the context of computational modeling of cognitive learning. Here we study the shaping of a hierarchical working memory… CONTINUE READING
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